As a consumer of digital content, I am angered that Congress would even consider
supporting the proposed Broadcast Flag.
I almost always record one or two shows at a time and watch them later, since
they conflict with something I am watching on another channel (Yes, I know. I
watch far too much television.). I NEED the right to be able to record shows for
time displacement viewing. I erase them when I have done so. I do not copy them
for anyone, and I do not archive them.
The broadcast flag is designed to remove this control and flexibility that I
need in my life.
I am a law-abiding consumer who believes that piracy should be prevented and
prosecuted. However, if theoretical prevention comes at the cost of prohibiting
me from making legal, personal use of my content, then the FCC should be working
to protect all consumers rather than enable those who would restrict consumer
Hollywood, the music industry have done NOTHING in their history to seriously
stop international piracy. With each noe technology, they have only compained a
lot while their profits increased (which is documented extensively).
In the case of the broadcast flag, it will have little effect on piracy.
The home recordist is not substantially affecting Hollywood's profits (and let's
be realistic, this is about money).
KEY NOTE: The serious pirates are spending the several hundred thousand dollars
to buy professional equipment that ignores all copy inhibition technology.
Therefore, the broadcast flag will have NO effect on their activities.
I realize that you are driven in large part by the funds that industry lobbyists
pay you to help get you reelected, however, I urge you to require the content
industry to demonstrate that its proposed technologies will allow for all legal
uses and will actually achieve the stated goal of preventing piracy. If they
cannot, ethics mandates that you reject the broadcast flag and any other arcane
technological efforts the industry tries to foist on the public.
David J. Weinberg