a fair and balanced birdthing (raaven) wrote,
a fair and balanced birdthing

MPAA Broadcast Flag

They're trying to sneak it through *again*!

The EFF has an action alert where - if you are from Alabama, Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho,
Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland,
Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New
Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Philadelphia, South Dakota,
Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, or
Wisconsin - you can contact your senator on the committee, and tell them to stop the amendment.

The story so far:
The Broadcast Flag was Hollywood's plan to point its remote control at your digital TV. It was a set of bits in the DTV standard that let broadcasters meddle with what could be done with publicly available broadcast video - even if those restrictions stomped on your fair use rights.

The courts struck down the original FCC proposal. Now, the lobbyists have turned to Congress. Rumor has it that a senator will introduce an amendment on Tuesday in the Senate Commerce, Justice, and Science sub-committee to reintroduce the flag. On Thursday, it goes to a full committee vote.
Tags: action, killers of joy, liars/cheats/thieves, media politics
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