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11/06/2003 Archived Entry: "Dumbasses"
Are PCs next in Hollywood piracy battle?
Starting in mid-2005, it will become illegal to sell or
distribute any product that can receive certain digital TV
streams — unless it includes government-approved copy protection.
Basicly anyone could use an the Analog S-video the HDTV signal
into an PC and still make Analog toDigital Copies. You could of course buy
one of those card that does HDTV signals before 2005 and be ok too.
The Genie is out of the bottle. Digital Content Management is too little too late.
FCC Endorses Built-In Copy Controls
FCC Lets 'Flag' Fly, Seeks To Avoid Napster-ization Of TV
Final countdown begins for file-sharers
In a panel debate, movie moguls and TV producers said the industry faces
a growing threat from a Napster-style network, where people could upload
and share digital films and TV programmes without paying for them.
WTF? The first time I ever saw this new show called South
Park was when I watched it on a friends computer.
That was over 5? years ago. It's already happened.
Digital TV flags 'will not stop piracy'
The most obvious problem is that this broadcast flag will be invisible
to all existing devices and any made before 2005. So after 2005 people
could still use older devices to record digital content and then distribute it.
Another problem is that the rules only apply to hardware. But software
already exists that decompresses radio signals and converts them into music.