So Predictable: MPAA Pushing Legislation To Bring Back The Broadcast Flag

from the how-it-all-works dept

It seems the entertainment industry is becoming way too predictable these days. Last week, while everyone was celebrating the court's decision that the FCC didn't have the authority to mandate the broadcast flag, it was easy to predict that Congress would step in and give them that authority with a little help from their friends in Hollywood. Of course, it's no surprise that the MPAA is already circulating draft legislation that would give the FCC this authority. Declan McCullough expects that this bill might wait another two months or so until the Grokster decision comes out -- and, then Congress will have to step in to make a mess of that result as well. So, expect some sort of combined legislation that outlaws certain file sharing apps while giving the FCC the authority to put up a broadcast flag... all in the name of propping up some obsolete business models (though, there will be a lot of bogus talk about "protecting artists" -- which more and more people are realizing is not quite true). If only other industries could get that sort of treatment. We might still be riding around in horses and buggies...
Hide this

Thank you for reading this Techdirt post. With so many things competing for everyone’s attention these days, we really appreciate you giving us your time. We work hard every day to put quality content out there for our community.

Techdirt is one of the few remaining truly independent media outlets. We do not have a giant corporation behind us, and we rely heavily on our community to support us, in an age when advertisers are increasingly uninterested in sponsoring small, independent sites — especially a site like ours that is unwilling to pull punches in its reporting and analysis.

While other websites have resorted to paywalls, registration requirements, and increasingly annoying/intrusive advertising, we have always kept Techdirt open and available to anyone. But in order to continue doing so, we need your support. We offer a variety of ways for our readers to support us, from direct donations to special subscriptions and cool merchandise — and every little bit helps. Thank you.

–The Techdirt Team


Add Your Comment

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here



Subscribe to the Techdirt Daily newsletter




Comment Options:

  • Use markdown. Use plain text.
  • Make this the First Word or Last Word. No thanks. (get credits or sign in to see balance)    
  • Remember name/email/url (set a cookie)

Follow Techdirt
Essential Reading
Techdirt Deals
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Techdirt Insider Discord

The latest chatter on the Techdirt Insider Discord channel...

Loading...
Recent Stories

This site, like most other sites on the web, uses cookies. For more information, see our privacy policy. Got it
Close

Email This

This feature is only available to registered users. Register or sign in to use it.