On May 24th, 2012, DISH Network and the four major broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox) lay the groundwork for the next big “new technology versus old media” courtroom clash. (Links to the complaints are at the bottom of the article). With potential to significantly modify SCOTUS’s decision in Sony v. Universal City Studios, Inc., 464 U.S. 417 (1984), which authorized individuals to record television programs using their personal VCRs, the upcoming litigation over DISH’s “Hopper” device should be of concern not only to copyright law scholars, but to the general public as well. This post will thus explore the general background of the case, what each party claims, and the possible pit falls in those arguments.