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Big Brother Is Holding Your Remote

As Jenny Levine points out, Walt Crawford has an excellent 20-page special issue of Cites and Insights devoted to the “broadcast flag,” a digital-rights technology which if the FCC has its way will be built into all digital TVs manufactured after June, 2005.

If, like me, you felt on reading Walt’s discussion that you had walked in to class halfway through the semester, read the CDT’s excellent summary, at CDT notes, “As the result of a Federal Communication Commission decision issued in November 2003, starting in July 2005 it will be illegal to manufacture or sell devices that receive over-the-air digital television broadcasts unless those devices include certain copy protection technologies.”

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