May 7, 2005

Today’s Articles on the Broadcast Flag Decision [11:09 am]

Reading both of these, the question arises: why exactly shouldn’t television program and movie producers have to make the tradeoff between the risks of copying and the use of the broadcast channels (or any other distribution network)? Why should the government get involved in limiting their risk, and simplifying their decision? Is it really the case that broadcast television would wither and die?

Or is it that the cause-and-effect a little more complex? Like, for example, who owns these television stations “at risk?” How about the broadcast networks? When the movie companies say that they’ll just stop selling movies to the broadcasters over a digital network, whose ox is actually being gored? For example, is Disney really going to kill off ABC because of the absence of the broadcast flag?

It seems to me that there’s an opportunity for research here, before the battle turns to Congress.

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