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Federal Communications Commission: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

In this report regarding the transition to digital television released August 9, 2002, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) addresses the need for copy protection of digital broadcasts. In particular, the main topic is the development of a broadcast flag that will "mark digital broadcast programming so as to limit its improper use." The implications of the broadcast flag are discussed in detail, including its affect on cable and satellite operators, and electronics equipment manufacturers. A statement by the commissioner of the FCC is attached at the end of the document, and it considers the need for the proposed rulemaking and the direction of further legislation.
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