September 3, 2004

Mark Cuban on Broadcast Flag [2:36 pm]

An online Q&A with Mark Cuban [pdf] at the Washington Post includes this (IMHO overly optimistic) exchange:

Washington, D.C.: “In the end, the consumer will be the winner”

It certainly doesn’t look that way right now. Hollywood has bought the “broadcast flag” legislation that it wanted, and the hardware manufacturers don’t seem to be putting up any kind of fight about it. It’s not hard to imagine that copyright law will be rewritten within the next 10 years to completely remove all of the consumers rights. How is the consumer going to end up winning?

Mark Cuban: Its going to take independents like HDNet to offer consumers what they want. If consumers dont want copy protection, HDNet will be there without it.

I agree that politicians have gotten really slimey on this issue. Could hollywood be any deeper in Senator Hatch’s pants ? The Inducement act is a travesty.

We will spend taxpayer dollars and resources trying to protect and industry that doesnt need protected rather than on helping people who need it. Its a shame and why I hate politics.

But to answer your question again. Ingenuity and inventiveness beats politics every team in the tech world. This will be no exception.

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