June 21st, 2005

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Alert! Hollywood is attempting to sneak the "broadcast flag" in the back door!

See here for details. The "broadcast flag" is a bit that, if set in digital TV broadcasts and if, as Hollywood wishes, all hardware is required by law to notice it, prevents you from being able to record it. The goal is to deny you all "fair use" rights, and in particular to undo the so-called "Betamax" decision (Sony vs. Universal) that says you have the right to record programs off the air for private use.
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