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Tuesday, May 10, 2005

FCC's Broadcast Flag Struck Down

The Broadcast Flag is an attempt by the FCC to implement software and hardware controls on consumer hardware which would control what consumers can and cannot watch.

“Under the FCC rule, programmers can attach a code, or flag, to digital broadcasts that would, in most cases, bar consumers from sending unauthorized copies of popular shows over the Web.”

But, "You crossed the line," Judge Harry Edwards told an FCC lawyer during a three-judge US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit hearing.

The Broadcast Flag was struck down in a 3-0 vote against. Thank God.

Link (via p2pNet)