Will the broadcast flag interfere with consumers ability to make copies of
DTV content for their personal use, either on personal video recorders or
As an independent video producer I work on documentary projects using
various sources including print, audio and video. In the process of
creating a final product I will gather items from all three of these media.
A digital broadcast flag on future DTV content preventing independent
producers like myself from copying and gathering information will limit
future independent documentary productions which do not exist in the other
media i.e. print and audio. A digital broadcast flag should not be
implemented as it will limit future innovations and productions by
independent producers and researchers like myself.
Would the digital flag interfere with consumers ability to send DTV content
across networks, such as home digital networks connecting digital set top
boxes, digital recorders, digital servers and digital display devices?
As an independent producer I work at various locations including places
like Amtrak trains while traveling from New York to Washington. Not
allowing DTV and future technologies to be downloaded onto laptops and
other future technologies over netorks will restrict and limit the work of
researchers and producers.
What will be the cost impact, if any, that a broadcast flag requirement
would have on consumer electronics equipment?
As an independent producer I and many other consumers do not have extra
money to spend on any new equiptment that would be required because of a
digital flag implementation. This would further limit consumers and
researchers from gathering information.
Copyright restrictions already protect media content providers
including, print, audio and television. Producers like myself have to
respect such laws and are protected by it for our own content. There is no
need to provide any other protections than those that currently exist such
as a digital flag.