Not much time — less than 48 hours — to fight the latest incursion of the Broadcast Flag.
What’s the problem? (quoted from the EFF website)
The Broadcast Flag was Hollywood’s plan to point its remote control at your digital TV.
The courts struck down the original FCC proposal. The lobbyists have turned to Congress. House Commerce Committee Chairman Joe Barton says he won’t have a new flag spoiling his Digital Television Transition bill.
The bad news: some of the subcommittee members working on the bill disagree and have spoken in favor of including a Flag amendment into law.
What is the Broadcast Flag? (quoted from the Chicago Sun-Times)
The Broadcast Flag is a signal embedded in HDTV broadcasts that would have dictated what you could and couldn’t do with that HD episode of “Two and a Half Men.” The flag can tell your digital TV receiver not to allow you to record this show, or tell it to destroy the recording after a set amount of time or a certain number of viewings. If the show was recorded in the living room, don’t allow the user to watch it in the bedroom. Don’t let the show be burned onto a DVD so it can be viewed on a laptop … and make sure the viewers won’t have any alternatives when the time comes to sell this show into syndication or as a boxed set. Start a small house fire if you have to!
What do I do?
Go to the EFF online contact form and contact your representatives if they’re on the committee.