Het recht van Amerikanen op een kopie te maken van televisieprogramma´s zal vanaf 1 juli 2005 ernstig worden beknot. Dat is de datum waarop de wetgeving m.b.t. de Broadcast Flag van kracht wordt. Simson Garfinkel heeft er een interessante column over geschreven.
"In the future, the Motion Picture Association of America will control your television set. Every TV sold in the United States will come equipped with an electronic circuit that will search incoming TV programs for a tiny electronic "flag." The MPAA's members will control this flag, putting it into broadcast movies and television shows as they see fit. If the flag is present, your TV will go into a special high-security mode and lock down its high-quality digital outputs. If you want to record a flagged program, you'll have to do so on analog tape or on a special low-resolution DVD. Any recording will be limited to analog-quality sound. This security measure is not designed to protect the television from viruses or computer hackersit's designed to protect TV programs from you. "
Lees hier de column.