Broadcast Flag Hearing Notes [7:26 pm]
A federal appeals court on Tuesday sharply questioned whether the Federal Communications Commission has the authority to ban certain types of digital TV receivers, including peripheral cards, starting in July.
Two of the three judges on the District of Columbia Circuit panel said the FCC never received permission from Congress to undertake such a sweeping regulation, which is intended to encourage the purchase of digital TV receivers that curb Internet distribution of over-the-air broadcasts of programming such as movies and sports.
“You’re out there in the whole world, regulating. Are washing machines next?” asked Judge Harry Edwards. Quipped Judge David Sentelle: “You can’t regulate washing machines. You can’t rule the world.”
Later: Slashdot’s wishfully-titled Broadcast Flag in Trouble and the earlier Court Says FCC Out-of-Bounds With Digital TV; The Register - FCC ‘crosses the line’ with broadcast flag - court
A related Slashdot discussion: Preparing for the Broadcast Flag?
Later: Prof Susan Crawford’s take - Broadcast Flag: Good news and bad news