Broadcast Flag Overturned!!!!

May 6, 2005

It’s a GREAT day for media fans everywhere! The US Court of Appeals has struck down the FCC’s “Broadcast Flag” rule!

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled Friday that the Federal Communications Commission did not have the authority to prohibit the manufacture of computer and video hardware that doesn’t have copy protection technology known as the “broadcast flag.” The regulations, which the FCC created in November 2003, had been intended to limit unauthorized Internet redistribution of over-the-air TV broadcasts.

It remains to be seen whether the FCC will attempt to appeal this further, but for the moment, this looks like a great start at undoing some of the damage of the Powell reign at the FCC.

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