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Hopes of Entertainment Industry Dimmed by Lack of Agreement on Digital TV

The New York Times reports that the Entertainment Industry failed to reach an agreement with the Electronics and Software Industries on Digital TV standards. The report that was issued by the Broadcast Protection Discussion Group revealed substantial disagreements between the participants. The Electronic Frontier Foundation also participated, representing the interests of individuals who want to experience digital entertainment. The article says, in part:

The dissenters in the consumer electronics industry were also joined by Microsoft in objecting to the degree of control that the studios wanted to exert over which technologies would be deemed to meet their copy-protection standards.

"They were proposing criteria that were largely subjective," said Andy Moss, director of technical policy for Microsoft.

Of course, the real problem is that the Entertainment Industry wants to eviscerate the concept of Fair Use as defined in the Copyright Act and legal opinions issued over the years by courts in the United States.

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