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August 05, 2004
FCC Bestows Its Blessing on Technological Innovation
As has been widely noted, yesterday, the FCC blessed 13 technologies as compliant with the broadcast flag. Including, TiVo to Go. Oh, heavenly joy! Oh, fortunate day! Our wonderful technological masters, those geniuses of centralized planning, have deigned to bestow on the public the ability to move video files between 10 separate devices with the use of a registered dongle. What visionaries! What prophets, who can see what is appropriate use of technology and what is not!
If only we had had the FCC's sage advice when Sony developed the Betamax. The Supreme Court, in its ignorance, allowed the technology to develop unhindered. What a mistake! Could they not see that there must be regulation to channel and guide the foolish technologists who don't understand how markets function? How dare they create without approval? We must only permit innovation that has been properly considered by government regulators, without which markets would not function efficiently.
Only the FCC has the wisdom to see what is necessary for copyright law to function properly. Courts should certainly not be permitted to interpret copyright law, they might decide that a device without DRM had substantial non-infringing uses and thus be free of regulation. The FCC sees through this ridiculous test and knows copyright needs stronger protection than that. Do the courts not see the devastation the VCR has wrought on Hollywood?
Can not the technology companies see that free and incredibly valuable bandwidth is not enough of a subsidy for broadcasters? Why, that spectrum would go to waste without the FCC's wise guidance on the devices that could receive communication on that spectrum.
All hail the FCC! Let us give thanks for the boons they permit!
Read their glorious words: FCC Approves Digital Output Protection Technologies and Recording Method Certifications [PDF].
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