FCC Commissioner Wants To Push For DRM Just 'Cause She Likes It
from the not-in-the-job-description dept
The FCC’s purpose is supposed to be about regulating the scarce resource (yes, this is up for debate, according to some) that is wireless spectrum. However, over the years, they’ve repeatedly worked to go beyond that basic charter, sometimes leading to them getting slapped down by those who remember what the group’s purpose is. However, that won’t stop some of the commissioners from pushing the envelope on pet projects apparently. Newest Commissioner Deborah Tate has apparently announced that while she knows its outside the FCC’s authority, she’s a huge fan of copy protection and hopes to use her new position as a “bully pulpit” on the topic. Apparently, her love of country music has brought her to this studied position — despite increasing evidence that copy protection tends to shrink the overall market, and create fewer opportunities for musicians.