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Anti-Piracy Rules Shot Down By Court

Chris Crum
Staff Writer
Published: 2005-05-07

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Regulations proposed by the FCC requiring new digital TVs, DVD recorders, and PCs to contain anti-piracy technology were tossed out by a federal appeals court.

The court basically said that the FCC does not have the authority to put such rules into place.

Congress will likely be the next step in the fight against piracy. Entertainment firms are expected to lobby for new anti-piracy laws.

"People will cry to Congress," says Gary Shapiro, head of the Consumer Electronics Association.

Stephen Labaton of the New York Times explains a bit about the dispute over the rule:

For years, the movie studios and television networks had urged the commission to adopt the rule, citing the recording industry's experience with companies like Napster and saying restrictions on copying and distributing programs by consumers were essential to the transition from analog to digital television. They maintained that without the imposition of the broadcast flag, shows would be copied and then transmitted limitlessly through the Internet, much the way music is.

But critics countered that the studios and networks were unduly alarmist and that the new rule, which was to have taken effect July 1, would prevent consumers from copying and using programs for legitimate reasons.


Most manufacturers have already designed new digital TV sets and recording devices to accommodate the anti-piracy technology before planning to launch them in July.




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