As was noted earlier this week, Hollywood went to Capitol Hill today to try to push through a way to plug the analog hole by forcing all consumer electronics products to use a watermarking system. While the hearings were held in Congress, for the most part, it sounds like our Congress critters went through the motions to make it sound like they cared. The usual cast of characters made their statements. Fair use supporter Rick Boucher (who has made some noise about allowing a broadcast flag in exchange for a rewrite of the DMCA) said he wasn't convinced this new law was needed. Howard Berman, who once sponsored legislation that would let entertainment firms hack into your computer, stuck with the Hollywood party line, saying that the broadcast flag was needed to prevent "abusive use of technology." However, in the end, it didn't sound like anyone was that enthusiastic about the idea one way or the other. If anything, it sounds like the politicians made their appearance, said what their monetary backers expected them to say, and then walked off and forgot the whole thing. Of course, given how hard the entertainment industry has been pushing for laws like this, it's unlikely they're giving up just yet.
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