Tuesday, February 22, 2005

The Tattered Flag

It doesn't look too good for the Broadcast Flag team as two out of three judges on the appellate panel spoke disapprovingly of the FCC's effort to foist the flag. U.S. Circuit Judge Harry T. Edwards lectured the Federal Communications Commission in saying it "crossed the line'' by requiring the new anti-piracy technology in digital television devices such as the EyeTV 500. The judge went on to say, "you've gone too far.'' "Are washing machines next?''

However, another appeals judge on the panel questioned whether consumers can challenge the FCC's rules in the courtroom.

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