*** 2003/10/14 ***
FCC to Place Restrictions on How Americans Watch TelevisionSend a fax to the FCC to let them know where you stand on the "broadcast flag" issue. Now is not the time to be a couch potato--in just days, the Federal Communications Commission will make a decision that may place new restrictions on how you are able to watch television. At the urging of large movie studios, the FCC is considering mandating use of a "broadcast flag" that the studios claim will only prevent piracy of high definition television programs over the Internet.
Unfortunately, the flag will do much more than that, including preventing activities that consumers have taken for granted for years. Plain and simple, the broadcast flag is an attempt by Hollywood not only to control what you watch, but how, when and where you watch it.
If the FCC adopts the broadcast flag, this is what you will loose:
Most of us assumed that as our television becomes more "digital", consumers would be able to to more with television programming, not less. Hollywood and the FCC seem to have other ideas. Tell the FCC now that it should be you, and not Hollywood, that should be able to control your television set, your computer and the programming that appears over the public airwaves.
Follow this link http://www.nyfairuse.org/action/fcc.flag/nprm02-230.xhtml and fill in the form to send the FCC commisioners an email telling them how you feel!