EFF Pushes Digital Television Revolution

September 2004


The Electronic Frontier Foundation is stepping up its campaign against the new technology regulations from the Federal Communications Commission which will outlaw a set of technologies in less than a years time and police the way people record and view digital television broadcasts. Aimed at preventing illegal copying, The EFF suggests that the FCC’s “broadcast flag” could actually prevent a number of activities that are perfectly legal under copyright law – such as recording a clip of a Fox News program and redistributing it with commentary for the purposes of criticising the company’s reporting. EFF is fighting back with the Digital Television Liberation Project – an initiative to help people make their own broadcast flag-resistant personal video recorders (PVRs) from off-the-shelf parts. EFF has created such a PVR and demonstrated the machine at the Defcon 12 conference in Las Vegas, Nevada in late July.
“We want to keep the right to time- and space-shift that the VCR has given us. We want to keep the fair use rights that let us excerpt clips from press conferences or make our own ‘Daily Show’ from the evening news,” says EFF Staff Attorney Wendy Seltzer.”That’s why we’re encouraging people to buy HDTV tuner cards now and build multi-function receivers and recorders around them.”

EFFector Vol. 17, No. 27 July 29, 2004

Digital Television Liberation Project : http://www.eff.org/broadcastflag

Wired article: “Group Warns DVRs Endangered” :http://www.wired.com/news/digiwood/0,1412,64309,00.html

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