October 16, 2003

DAN GILLMOR WRITES about why you should care about the “broadcast flag:”

The purpose, much more than preventing online trading, is to force us all into a pay-per-view world, where the copyright cartel banishes fair use and turns everything digital into something that someone owns outright.

Get ready for the end of time-shifting. Get ready for the era when you are not permitted to fast-forward through commercials, or skip them entirely, without paying extra.

Read the whole thing, and follow the link to let the FCC know what you think.

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