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May 07, 2005

So Long, Broadcast Flag

Good news for consumers. For now, you can still control how content is stored and used in your home:

The broadcast flag rules would have required digital televisions, DVD recorders and other consumer devices made after July 1 to recognize a digital code transmitted in the broadcast stream. These new digital TVs would permit recording only on devices that obey copy-protection rules.

The flag was intended to prevent people from recording digitally broadcast shows on their personal computers and then uploading them to online file-sharing services. The American Library Association joined with Public Knowledge and eight other organizations to challenge the broadcast flag order. The groups argued that the FCC lacked the authority to regulate what happens to digital television transmissions once they reach the home.

The three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia agreed. The court said Friday that the FCC overstepped its authority by imposing technology mandates on consumer electronic devices.

``We can find nothing in the statute, its legislative history, the applicable case law, or agency practice indicating that Congress meant to provide the sweeping authority the FCC now claims over receiver apparatus,'' the court wrote.

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Comments

The head of the MPAA thinks we should rise up and DEMAND the broadcast flag.

http://news.com.com/Why+the+broadcast+flag+should+go+forward/2010-1071-5719977.html

In other news, pigs SHOULD fly.

Posted by: Rich Brown | May 28, 2005 1:56:16 PM

It's back...

EFF thinks the broadcast flag will be tucked into a major appropriations bill.
http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/archives/003720.php

Posted by: Rich Brown | Jun 20, 2005 9:12:24 PM

eww.

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Chris Locke writes about "Indigo Children," a meme reported on by the New York Times. The Indigo idea sounds like it pushes a whole bunch of buttons all at once — New Age, angels, the paranormal, child-worship, ADD. If it had some anti-child-porn hysteria about it, it'd be perfect. As one of the people in the NYT article says, this is basically the same social world view as Harry Potter's muggles v. wizards set up.

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hey, i was at a party, and needed to wind down a bit ;) gimme a break. of course, here i am UP again at 9:40 so i don't know. i would love to sleep. any suggestions?

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Arrrrgh....now I remember why they HAD to come up with more interesting video games.....boring.

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Posted by: ara-mobail. | Jan 18, 2006 8:06:12 PM

This is actually good news!

Off course I do not condone the sharing of copyrighted material however, how were they actually going to police such a project?

thanks for the info

John

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Posted by: Videocon LCD TV | Mar 3, 2010 1:59:59 AM

These days it looks like overstepping may just be the definition of the FCC.

Posted by: Tom | Mar 30, 2010 3:15:26 PM

Something that prevents sharing television shows that are copywrited is much needed but it will be difficult to monitor something like this.

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Posted by: TV | Jun 2, 2010 12:54:52 PM

Piracy will be around whatever they do.It is the kat and mouse game that will go on and on.....Not that I approve but that is the reality

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