The Broadcast Flag: Disserving the Public Interest
After a three-year struggle, the FCC has adopted a broadcast flag rule, limiting the functionality of DTV receivers after July 1, 2005. The rule was unsupported, unlikely to deter copyright infringement, and likely to come into conflict with useful technologies. EFF was a leading advocate against the adoption of the rule and is now a party to the legal challenge pending in the D.C. Circuit. We will discuss the history and prospects of the broadcast flag rule and show some of our work with open source personal video recorders that are threatened by the expansion of copyright law.
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