Appeals court burns broadcast flag


— 11:39 AM on May 6, 2005

The FCC overreached with its broadcast flag scheme for protecting digital TV content, a U.S. appeals court has ruled:

A U.S. appeals court on Friday threw out new federal rules requiring anti-piracy technology that would have limited how consumers could record and watch their favorite television programs in the future.

The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia overturned rules by the Federal Communications Commission (search) that would have required certain video devices to have technology to prevent copying digital television programs. The court said the FCC overstepped the authority given it by Congress.

This development seems to come mighty late in the game, since the deadline for incorporating the broadcast flag in new technology was July 1.

I wonder what happens now. It seems unlikely that non-encrypted HDTV, as free as current NTSC television, will become the new standard. Getting an HDTV tuner card for the PC that will actually decode cable or satellite signals may be very hard to do.

 
   
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