FTC Mandates Digital Broadcast Flag

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on November 4, 2003

From the EFF press release:

  • “Claiming that it is an “anti-piracy mechanism,” the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today mandated that consumer devices capable of receiving broadcast digital television (DTV) signals must implement content control technologies demanded by the entertainment industry. The “broadcast flag” mandate will go into effect by July 1, 2005.”
  • The FCC’s Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking is available here
  • EFF archive on Broadcast Flag.
  • FCC press release: Broadcast Flag Prevents Mass Internet Distribution; Consumer Copying Not Affected; No New Equipment Needed.
  • From the Advanced Television Systems Committee, Guide To DTV Standards: Program and System Information.
  • Posted in Copyright, Internet

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