How Mark Cuban Stands To Benefit From The Broadcast Flag: By Not Using It
from the it's-called-competition dept
With all the talk about the broadcast flag today, Mark Cuban has written a long note on his blog telling the FCC to call the entertainment industry's bluff. They claim they'll stop making content available for TV without the flag. Cuban says the FCC should see what happens. As many people have said in the past, it's unlikely the content industry would stop making content for TV. Where there's consumer demand, the content will go. In fact, Cuban makes the point perfectly at the end of his article: "Every single content entity I have would benefit from the broadcast flag. Not because it would protect content, it wouldn't. Content doesn't need any special protections. There are enough laws on the books regarding theft that no special content laws are needed. They all would benefit because we wouldn't use the broadcast flag. While the big networks would create confusion and anger with their customers, our businesses could be the knight in shining armour and provide content in exactly the means consumers want it, unencumbered and available to watch, where and how they like." Exactly.