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May 6, 2005
Broadcast Flag Regulation Shot Down
The American Library Association, Public Knowledge, EFF, et al. just won our joint challenge to the FCC's ability to regulate consumer electronic devices that receive digital television signals, 3-0 at the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.
It's a lengthy administrative opinion, but it basically says the FCC can't regulate home use of digital content without explicit authority from Congress and that educators, librarians, and consumers have a legitimate interest in fair use of those materials.
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