Oh Look, People Are Already Looking At Expanding How Selectable Output Control Will Be Abused
from the no-surprise-there dept
For quite some time we’ve been covering how the MPAA has been pushing to get the FCC to allow them to use “Selectable Output Control” (SOC) to stop you from being able to record certain movies. In theory, the Hollywood studios claim that this will let them put movies out on video-on-demand offerings earlier than they do now. In actuality, there’s nothing stopping them from putting these VoD offerings out now (and some do already). The studios’ claim that this is needed to stop “piracy” of these movies also makes little sense, since even the studios admit that all of their movies are quickly available through unauthorized means around the time they’re released in the theaters (i.e., well before they would be available on TV).
The real issue, of course, is that Hollywood wants more control over your TV and what you can do with it. But when people suggest this, the MPAA and the studios scoff and say that’s ridiculous. They just want this one tiny exemption and nothing else. Except, that’s not true at all. Remember that recent Congressional hearing about live streaming and sporting events? Well, the folks at Public Knowledge noticed that one of the speakers there was already noting how the FCC exemption on SOC could be useful in stopping “piracy” of sports broadcasting — which of course is totally outside the realm of what the MPAA is asking for. But, of course, once the FCC allows someone to break your DVR or other consumer electronics device, it’s not hard to see everyone else asking for their own “exception” as well… How about rather than breaking the devices that everyone purchased for a reason, the content providers stop freaking out about technology, and start learning how to use it to their advantage?