Fwd: FCC approves Digital TV flag

Laurence Glavin lglavin@lycos.com
Wed Nov 5 17:29:41 EST 2003

>DATE: Tue, 04 Nov 2003 18:35:32
>From: Aaron Read <aread@speakeasy.net>
>To: bri@bostonradio.org

>FCC approves technology to limit Internet piracy of >digital TV shows
>By Jonathan D. Salant, Associated Press, 11/4/2003 >17:48

>WASHINGTON (AP) The government on Tuesday approved an >anti-piracy mechanism 
>to make it harder for computer users to illegally >distribute digital TV 
>programs on the Internet.

>In its order, the Federal Communications Commission >told makers of digital 
>television receivers that by July 1, 2005, their >models must recognize an 
>electronic marker that broadcasters can embed in >their programs to limit 

>Not to mention the article leaves out that there's a >snowball's chance in 
>hell the technology to create this "flag" can be >successfully implemented 
>in all new digital TV sets by July 1st 2005, and even >if by some miracle 
>they make it...it'll already have been cracked, no >doubt.

Last Sunday's "60 Minutes" did a segment on piracy of 
motion-picture DVD's via file-sharing a la Napster, Kazaa or 
Glockster.  One expert commented that hackers and others
of their ilk can be expected to find their way around any and
all attempts to prevent piracy of digital signals, whether 
on disk, cable or over-the-air.  

Laurence Glavin

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