Tuesday, November 04, 2003

Broadcast flag

The FCC today adopted the MPAA's 'broadcast flag' recommendations... which means that all media-enabled electronics produced in or for the US from this time forward are required to implement hardware that detects the presence of the flag and, if the flag is found, restricts the operation of the device (digital rights management, and all that). What does this mean for you? The first thing that comes to mind is that those fancy PVR's/DVR's that can strip commercials out of broadcasts will lose that ability. The second thing that comes to mind is that companies are already making CDs that can't be played in your computer (and even in some CD players)... what will they do now that they have been given free reign to limit your hardware's ability to perform as you wish it to?