Why Hollywood's Broadcast Flag Won't Work
from the because-it-makes-life-worse-for-consumers? dept
While there’s been a lot of hype around the article earlier this week suggesting that Hollywood has made the right moves while the music industry has faltered concerning digital content, that still seems to be an exaggeration. Take the latest move by the movie industry to force a “broadcast flag” on digital TV signals. People are starting to point out why this is a terrible idea that will not succeed. It makes life worse for consumers while doing nothing to stop real infringement. The article quotes someone from Philips (clearly biased, but still makes good points) saying: the broadcast flag will “hurt consumers, impede innovation and be impossible to implement”. He goes on to explain that it would require consumers to replace almost all of their consumer electronics (something you might think Philips would support), make the content they received less valuable, and would block new competitors from entering the consumer electronics market (again, something you would think Philips would support). The movie industry (and the music industry) still are of the belief that people should pay every single time a piece of content is seen or heard. Sooner or later, they’re going to have to realize that not only is that impossible, but trying to enforce it is actually shrinking their own market.