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Broadcast flag resurfaces in new bill drafts [pdf]

Lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee are circulating drafts of three bills that would give federal agencies the ability to write regulations preventing digital radio and TV broadcasts from being pirated.

Two of the legislative proposals would give authority to the Federal Communications Commission to approve so-called “broadcast flag” regulations that would prevent digital broadcasts from being uploaded on the Internet.

A third would prevent companies from manufacturing, importing or selling devices that convert copy-protected digital broadcast program into an analog program. Converting digital broadcasts into analog broadcasts is known as the “analog hole.” The Patent and Trademark Office would develop the regulation regarding the analog hole.

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