Sunday, April 18, 2004

Save Our Software

Save Our Software "During the Internet boom, the traditional companies most obviously affected were bricks-and-mortar bookstores and travel agents...But in 2004, the businesses under direct financial assault by the broadband consumer Internet are not toothless independent bookstores. Instead, they are the major music labels, movie studios, and broadcasters."

"First, the FCC is conducting a proceeding to set the guidelines for what it calls 'software defined the near future, it will be possible use spectrum more efficiently and to increase competition in a space that's now the sole domain of incumbent operators. But only if we keep the FCC from regulating these technologies."

"Second...the FCC generally approved a mandate called the 'broadcast flag,' which would require that digital TV broadcasts include an anti-theft code to prevent consumers from recording programs off the air."
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