Legal Issues

by Mike Masnick

FCC Approves Broadcast Flag

from the as-expected... dept

As was very much expected, the FCC ignored plenty of reasons why this is a terrible idea and has approved the "broadcast flag" for digital TV programs. All digital TV receivers will need to recognize this flag, meaning that people will (a) need to buy new equipment and (b) lose plenty of fair use rights. Note that it will do nothing to stop "piracy" as the industry claims. It's unclear from the quick Associated Press version of the article how the broadcast flag is going to be implemented (that is, who is going to set it up and approve it), but I'm sure that information will come out shortly. Anyway, here we have another political decision that will do nothing to solve an actual problem, but will make most people worse off.

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