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Looks like the Broadcast Flag was struck down by the U.S. Court of Appeals today. Cool, it’s always nice to see the MPAA get it’s just desserts.


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New MPAA lawsuits against BitTorrent, eDonkey expected


The MPAA is expected to announce new legal actions this week against operators of indexing servers for two major peer-to-peer filesharing networks. In the US, action is expected to be filed against operators of BitTorrent tracker servers; in Europe, against parties responsible for the hosting of eDonkey servers. The MPAA has not confirmed or denied that these actions are forthcoming, but have announced that a press conference will be held Tuesday to launch a “significant expansion of the global fight against movie piracy.”

Be interesting to see what servers are nailed tomorrow in the lawsuits. I thought most of the big BitTorrent servers (, etc.) were located overseas.

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Is ‘Transitional Fair Use’ The Wave Of The Future?


All Your TV has a great piece running now called Is ‘Transitional Fair Use’ The Wave Of The Future?. In it, they touch on HBO’s recent moves to curtail the consumer rights on recordings, where recorded episodes can’t be saved forever, and will have a mandated delete date. I’m guessing HBO thinks a large drive TiVo with a whole season of Six Feet Under would cut into DVD sales of that season, but I tend to view shows on DVD for the extras so I think they’re overdoing it if that’s the case.

Boy, it seems that between this and the TiVO ads, the entertainment industry is finally taking noticed of the PVR world. Pretty scary how long HBO was looking for save recordings to be available to consumers.

The executive was pushing for an expiration date that coincided with the premiere of the next episode. The consensus of the cable executived was that it needed to be between 2-4 weeks.

Even 2-4 weeks isn’t very reasonable. I’ve got programs on my TiVO that are several months old, that I haven’t gotten around to watching.

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