Judge blocks Anti-Piracy Ruling

I am not someone who condones piracy, but this is very much a good thing for consumers. Basically, there was a recent decision by the FCC to force all manufacturers of Televisions (and anything capable of receiving a TV signal.. that’s right computers too…) to install technology capable of interpreting a “broadcast flag” that would signify a program was not to be allowed to be recorded. This was scheduled to go into effect with all new entertainment devices capable of receiving such signals manufactured after June 1st of this year. To sum up the judge’s ruling, he basically said that the FCC did not have the authority to impose such a decision. Hopefully, we won’t see the same thing happen from another angle, because if it does, that means that the new devices will likely be more expensive and will be capable of doing less than current devices (from a consumer perspective).

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