Broadcast flag is no more!

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  1. Chris Bardon

    Chris Bardon Cinematographer

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    Just saw this story on slashdot:



    The original CNet story is here

    Excellent news, expecially for people looking for HDTV tuner cards.
     
  2. Michael Harris

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    That is great news. I really liked the court's reasoning that the FCC's jurisdiction covers how a signal gets to one's TV but they can't control what happens to the signal once it gets there.

    Of course, it is not over. The same interests that twisted the FCC's arm into making the regulation will just lobby Congress to make the broadcast flag a law.

    At least I'll have a bit more time to get an unflagged HDTV tuner card. By the way, has anything come out implementing the broadcast flag before the now overturned July deadline?
     
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    Too bad the Broadcast Flag doesn't have a grave to dance on.
     
  4. Kimmo Jaskari

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    Don't worry, guys, the studios and music companies own Washington DC. They'll just get it properly legislated elsewhere, so this is just a minor delay.

    Hey, who knows, maybe they can do it "right" this time and make it even more restrictive?

    They'll probably hide it as a subsection of, say, the "Anti Child Pornography and Patriotic Anti-Terrorist Crime Fighting Bill", just to make sure no politician will dare oppose it! [​IMG]

    That's much like the way they made it a jailable offense to have even one copied movie on your hard drive by stashing that in the "Family Entertainment and Copyright Act"... I mean, you can't be against something about family now can you?? :wink:

    Still, great that it didn't fly, but don't kid yourselves, it's not over.
     

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