Appeals Judges Question FCC Anti-Piracy Rule

Law360, New York (February 23, 2005, 12:00 AM EST) -- A Washington, DC appeals court heard arguments Tuesday in a challenge to new federal rules requiring certain video devices to incorporate technology to prevent online piracy of digitally broadcast programming.

Consumers groups, including library associations, have contested the Federal Communications Commission requirements, asserting that the rules will drive up prices of digital television devices and prevent consumers from recording programs in ways permitted under copyright laws.

At the hearing, U.S. Circuit Judge Harry T. Edwards, the former chief judge of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals...
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