Congress: "Merry Chrismas! We're Turning Off Your Analog Outs" http://www.publicknowledge.org/node/19
The House Judiciary Committee today introduced a bill (HR 4569) to close the analog hole. Here¹s what we had to say about the draft version of the bill. The government is proposing that devices (consumer electronics, computers, software) manufactured after a certain date respond to a copy-protection signal or watermark in a digital video stream, and pass along that signal when converting the video to analog. The same goes for analog video streams, to pass on the protection to the digital video outputs. The technology Congress is proposing (VEIL) is derived from one that originated with assorted interactive Batman toys that allowed the toys to respond to Batman television shows or videos. How coolat least for toys. So, essentially, the government wants your future TV, TiVo, computer, cell phone, Final Cut Pro, (input your favorite analog signal viewing / converting device here) to respond to the Bat Signal. There are some details in the legislation that have yet to be fully understood, concerning protection of content that is supported by business models ( prerecorded media, video on demand, pay-per-view, subscription-on-demand) and ³undefined² business models. And much of the process has to be approved, not by the FCC, but by the Patent and Trademark Office. Why the USPTO? Not because they¹re an ³expert agency² like the FCC, but because the bill was introduced in the Judiciary Committee, which doesn¹t necessarily have jurisdiction over the FCC. Perhaps needless to say, Public Knowledge is against government mandated DRM and other similar tech mandates. You are a subscribed member of the infowarrior list. Visit www.infowarrior.org for list information or to unsubscribe. This message may be redistributed freely in its entirety. Any and all copyrights appearing in list messages are maintained by their respective owners.