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WIPO plans to extend copyright protection of broadcast signals from 20 to 50 years (1 Viewer)

Jeff Jacobson

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Doom9 has some links to articles about how the "WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization - the organization that gave us the basis for the DMCA) plans to extend copyright protection for broadcast signals from 20 to 50 years."

A quote from the article: "Unless broadcasting companies plan on transmitting their signals to Jupiter, a 50-year term makes even less sense because signals only exist for the short time they take to travel through the air to reach their point of reception".

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Glenn Overholt

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As for computers, they'd only be illegal if they had the decryption code.

I didn't read the article, but this falls in with what I heard before - that when we all are in HD-TV, we will not be able to TIVO or VCR anything unless the TV station permits it. Everything else will be copy-protected, and we won't even be able to record it live.

This is going to suck royally, big time.

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John Watson

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I won't be around in 50 years, but I think I'll arrange to be cremated - I don't want some corporate entity to be able trademark my DNA and sell my brains :).

Seriously, this Intellectual Property movement is going beyond reasonable limits.
 

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Someone will invent something to hack the code or provide a code to hack the copy protection. Copy protection is a problematic concept because someone will always find a way to hack it or get around it if they want to record something bad enough.
 

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