Saturday , September 26 2020

To Wave the Broadcast Flag?

Video webcast of a debate on the merits of a federally mandated “broadcast flag” from the Cato Institute:

    Battle over the Broadcast Flag: The IP Wars and the HDTV Transition
    Featuring Fritz Attaway, Motion Picture Association of America; Jim Burger, Dow, Lohnes & Albertson; Mike Godwin, Public Knowledge; and Andy Setos, Fox Entertainment Group.

    The IP wars have shifted to a new battlefield – the Federal Communications Commission – as the content and the computer industries square off over how to protect broadcast video programming. Programmers fear the “Napsterization” of their programming as digital television transmissions become more popular and propose that a federally mandated broadcast flag be included in all future programming and receiving devices to prevent piracy. Computer companies and many consumer interest groups argue that the FCC should not mandate technology standards for electronic devices and deprive consumers of their fair use rights. Who will prevail in this latest IP skirmish?

About Eric Olsen

Career media professional and serial entrepreneur Eric Olsen flung himself into the paranormal world in 2012, creating the America's Most Haunted brand and co-authoring the award-winning America's Most Haunted book, published by Berkley/Penguin in Sept, 2014. Olsen is co-host of the nationally syndicated broadcast and Internet radio talk show After Hours AM; his entertaining and informative America's Most Haunted website and social media outlets are must-reads: [email protected], Facebook.com/amhaunted, Pinterest America's Most Haunted. Olsen is also guitarist/singer for popular and wildly eclectic Cleveland cover band The Props.

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