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[FYI] Copy protection vs. home recording
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- Date: Wed, 06 Sep 2000 11:09:43 +0200
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FCC To Rule On Copy Protection Technology Dispute
By Rory J. O'Connor, Inter@ctive Week
September 3, 2000 6:15 PM ET
The Federal Communications Commission could rule as
early as Sept. 14 in a dispute over the home recording
of digital television programs. The movie industry has
been at loggerheads for months with makers of high-definition
television (HDTV) sets, VCRs and cable set-top boxes
over how copy protection technology will be implemented
in digital cable systems. For consumers, the FCC's
ruling will decide which digital programs they can
and can't record.
Led by the Motion Picture Association of America, copyright
holders want the FCC to require that circuitry be built
into nearly every digital TV device - receivers, VCRs
and set-top boxes - that will prevent recording programs
carrying copy protection information set by the program's
owner. Negotiations between the MPAA and electronics
manufacturers broke down early this year, and on April 14
the FCC, which had hoped the two parties could reach
an agreement, said it "reluctantly" would make the decision.
With a Sept. 7 deadline for public input, the group
representing the electronics makers launched an
advertising and public relations campaign Aug. 31
to tip the proceedings in its favor.
The Home Recording Rights Coalition, representing
electronics makers and retailers, said that any
such protection should stop at the cable system
interface box, or pod, outside customers' homes.
Once a consumer has paid for a program, the cable
provider should make the signal available to any
TV set or VCR connected to the box. The HRRC
said the MPAA plan would render the existing crop
of very expensive HDTV sets incapable of viewing
many digital programs.
Kristian Köhntopp, NetUSE AG Siemenswall, D-24107 Kiel
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