What Critics of the Critics of the FCC Rule Miss, citing this BusinessWeek article: What Critics of the FCC’s TV Rule Miss. Closing paragraphs of the editorial (note the leap of faith on the effect of the broadcast flag):
Finally, critics say loading PCs with content-protection rules will prevent new innovations, such as the next TiVo. But as the PC and media worlds meld, such regulations may become unavoidable. True, the feds must use a light touch to avoid interfering unnecessarily with innovation.
All in all, the FCC has taken a reasonable first step. If consumers want their HDTV, they have to accept limits on the ability to redistribute TV shows on the Web. Shelter from pirates will help broadcasters venture into the digital era. And that will benefit everyone except the pirates.
One commenter describes just what will kill the domestic consumer electronics industry once and for all:
That’s why I’ll make a killing. (Score:5, Insightful)
by Quasar1999 (520073) on Tuesday November 11, @05:13PM (#7448487)
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When companies like Apex, simply ignored the Region coding stuff, they sold like hotcakes… So I plan on doing the same thing, simply ignoring the flags (or whatever they end up being), manufacturing my units in some country the US can’t touch (say China), and making a fortune…
What part did I mess up? I must have missed something… This seriously is too good to be true… I’m gonna be rich!!!