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Jeremy Butler <[log in to unmask]>
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Sat, 7 May 2005 06:51:04 -0500
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In a surprising victory for advocates of (US) fair use of television 
programs, a federal appeals court has struck down the so-called
"broadcast flag" mandated by the FCC as a method for preventing the
copying of TV material.

C|NET reports:

Bottom line:
The ruling is a big setback for Hollywood studios, which sought to limit
unauthorized Internet redistribution of over-the-air TV broadcasts. But
it's a reprieve for makers of HDTV sets, PC tuner cards, and USB and
Firewire tuners.

Moreover, back in February, the court chastized the FCC for overstepping
its bounds:

"You're out there in the whole world, regulating. Are washing machines
next?" asked Judge Harry Edwards. Quipped Judge David Sentelle: "You
can't regulate washing machines. You can't rule the world."

For more discussion/links about the ruling, see the Slashdot coverage of it:

FCC Broadcast Flag Struck Down
Posted by Zonk on Friday May 06, @11:55AM
from the system-works-sometimes dept.

An anonymous reader writes "CNet is reporting that the courts have
struck down the FCC's broadcast flag requirement! 'In a stunning victory
for hardware makers and television buffs, a federal appeals court has
tossed out government rules that would have outlawed many digital TV
receivers and tuner cards starting July 1.'" The Electronic Frontier
Foundation has details on the flag <>,
the official ruling is online for examination, and commentary is
available from BoingBoing
<> and Ars
Technica <>.

Jeremy Butler

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