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FCC Backs Rule To Require Antipiracy Equipment in Some Devices

Law360 (October 16, 2003, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is preparing a rule that would require manufacturers to equip computers and other consumer electronics devices with devices to block piracy of digital television and video, the Washington Post reported Thursday.

Known as the "broadcast flag" system, the device would prevent internet distribution by barring computers from copying the files in a way that would allow them to be sent to others. It would require consumers to purchase new equipment if they want to record enhanced digital television programs and replay...
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