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August 6, 2004
Disney's Not-So-Hidden Agenda
Paging through the FCC comments on the RIAA's proposal to hobble next-generation digital radio, Fred von Lohmann stumbled upon a telling bit of text revealing that Disney has even bigger plans for future technology mandates.
Writes Disney in its comments (PDF):
[To] the extent the Commission considers such a content protection mechanism, it should also consider whether to extend that mechanism to all music distribution platforms, including satellite digital audio radio service, the Internet and broadcast radio service.
It seems I wasn't far off the mark when I suggested
that in a future dis-topia, tech mandates would be the new copyright, and the FCC would institute a "broadcast flag" for every single device capable of making a digital copy.
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