FCC Rules On HDTV Piracy To Be Adopted "Within Days"

Law360, New York (October 30, 2003, 12:00 AM EST) -- The Federal Communications Commission is expected to adopt new rules "within days" -- and possibly as early as Thursday -- aimed to block piracy of high-definition digital broadcast TV programming, the San Jose Mercury News reported Thursday.

The regulations will limit consumers' ability to record HDTV programming off the airwaves and retransmit it online. Under the proposal, broadcasters and movie studios would be permitted to embed programming with a "broadcast flag" computer code that could only be decoded by devices approved by the FCC.

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