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Discussion in 'Local Reception' started by dmodemd, May 6, 2005.
Will products that have already incorporated this silly flag now have it disabled?
Moving to Broadcast/HDTV forum.
Presuming that this gets held up ultimately, it probably won't be necessary to to explicitly disable it. Just don't transmit the [copy protection=true] flag as part of the content. Unless it works that everything is presumed to be protected unless it receives a signal that it is copyable, in which case yeah, everyone is going to be screwed probably.
Here is the official decision.
So in other words, the FCC said it had the power to enforce the broadcast flag because Congress didn't explicitly say they couldn't. The three people in long black robes obviously disagreed.
The issue probably isn't dead yet though. As said on Groklaw, "Of course, now Hollywood will go to Congress and try to get what they want that way."
"The court ruled, as petitioners argued, that the FCC lacks the authority to regulate what happens inside your TV or computer once it has received a broadcast signal."
In a similar vein, a few years ago I purchased a Cobra brand radar detector and near the back of the owners manual it stated some info on the FCC Act of 1934. I don't remember the exact verbiage but it was something to this effect: "The FCC Act of 1934 guarantees private citizens to the right receive ANY broadcast signal". Of course any radar signal is just a modulated RF radio signal and a radar detector is nothing more than a radio receiver tuned to the specific frequencies of the X, K, Ka bands and a few others. The FCC has no authority to regulate radar detectors and neither do individual states like Virginia.
What we have today is the DCMA and encrypted transmissions. The way I see it is you can you can still legally receive any electromagnetic wave floating through the air but you cross the line if you attempt to defeat copyright protections or encryption. I can put a dish on my roof and legally receive everything D* and E* transmit but I can't decrypt and watch it unless they authorize me to, i.e. paying for it.
Regardless of whether the broadcast flag is a good or bad idea the judges appeared to have made a wise decision in interpreting the law and legal precedents. Personally I think it's a terrible idea. Hollywood will no doubt try to get the rules changed somehow and get a future ruling in their favor.
You can't buy a scanner that picks up the 900 MHz Cellular bands.
BTW, as I understand it, the "Broadcast Flag" was meant to prevent serial copying....copies of copies, so to speak. Like the SMS system in DATs and CDs, it would allow ALL copies, allow ONE Copy, or allow NO copies. So, for PVR use, or personal copying/time shifting, you would be allowed to do so.
But, hey, as long as the studios won't sell movies and other good stuff to the broadcasters without the BF, my HBO and Cinemax stocks will soar..........so, why should I care ? $$$$$$$$$