A new US Federal Communications (FCC) rule for the protection of digital contents is described. The FCC rule states that all TV recorders made after July 2005 must recognize and obey a signal or market in programs, the broadcast flag, that will restrict users from copying or distributing digital content. The broadcast flag is likely to interfere with some of the traditional rights of the consumers. The broadcast flag might discourage not only new consumer technology, but also new consumer technology for providers by establishing a standard protection mechanism.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Computer Networks and Communications
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering