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[News] Net Neutrality Debate Heats Up at FCC, Free Software Magazine Criticises MSBBC for DRM

  • Subject: [News] Net Neutrality Debate Heats Up at FCC, Free Software Magazine Criticises MSBBC for DRM
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 09 Apr 2010 09:10:31 +0100
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Thinking Clearly about Spectrum and Property Rights

,----[ Quote ]
| To see whatâs wrong with this, imagine if 
| we implement a âproperty rightsâ regime in 
| which we clear out the entire 
| electromagnetic spectrum and auction it off 
| to a single owner. You could call that a 
| âproperty rightsâ system, but most people 
| would just call it a monopoly. And this 
| monopoly would be subject to precisely the 
| same knowledge problem as the FCC. Central 
| planning is hard regardless of whether 
| youâre a private company or a government 
| agency. 


FCC Democrats determined to reclassify broadband

,----[ Quote ]
| Democrats on the Federal Communications 
| Commission say the federal court's decision 
| regarding Comcast has renewed their resolve 
| to reclassify broadband as a 
| telecommunications service in order to 
| enact net neutrality regulations.
| "The only way the Commission can make 
| lemonade out of this lemon of a decision is 
| to do now what should have been done years 
| ago: treat broadband as the 
| telecommunications service that it is," 
| said Michael J. Copps, the senior 
| Democratic member of the panel. "We should 
| straighten this broadband classification 
| mess out before the first day of summer."


The BBC, DRM and the demise (?) of get_iplayer. what the hell is going on?

,----[ Quote ]
| Itâs never nice to hear about the demise of 
| a piece of simply brilliant software. when 
| I discovered that get_iplayer was being 
| pulled by its developer I was, to use a 
| cliche, gutted. The potential loss of a 
| piece of software that did just what it 
| said on the tin is bad enough but it was 
| impeccably free and open. Whatâs more, it 
| was an example to the BBC about how things 
| should be done. It was the work of one 
| lone, unpaid developer, not the product of 
| professional developers subsidised by the 
| BBC licence. What happened exemplifies 
| everything that is wrong with proprietary 
| software.



Official Statement Objecting BBC/OFCOM Proposal

,----[ Quote ]
| The Linux Foundation, on behalf of its
| members, would like to register its
| serious objections to the current
| BBC/OFCOM proposal, which would impose
| content management controls on new free-
| to-air high definition channels. The plan,
| which involves restrictively licensing the
| Huffman codes used in the electronic
| programme guide, would have a negative
| effect on open source applications and
| would distort the markets which have built
| up around those applications.
| The treatment of Open Source in the BBC
| document is incorrect and ignores the
| severe market distortions that this
| content management scheme would produce in
| open platforms. The use of Open Source
| within the market segments that would be
| affected by the BBC proposal can be
| divided into two business models:
| Proprietary but built on Open Source and
| fully open platforms. The HD Freesat
| system the BBC used to characterise Open
| Source falls into the Proprietary but open
| category; no analysis at all was attempted
| of the fully open category. The failure to
| look at fully open platforms leads to an
| important segment of the market being
| ignored.


An Open Letter to Ofcom on the BBC HD DRM Proposals

,----[ Quote ]
| ...teach and conduct research at the Open
| University, which since its inception has
| used broadcast and multimedia technologies
| in education, we are writing to express
| our objections to the proposal to allow
| the BBC to add a Digital Rights Management
| (DRM) flag to its high definition (HD)
| output.


Last Chance to Save BBC from DRM

,----[ Quote ]
| This leading question (and they are all
| phrased thus) pretty much indicates that
| Ofcom has made up its mind about the
| issue, and is simply going through the
| motions of consultation. Note, too, the
| euphemism âcopy managementâ, when what we
| are talking about here is DRM, plain and
| simple: even Ofcom is aware that trying to
| espouse the benefits of DRM is a lost
| cause.


How do you want to watch HD TV in the future? It's time to tell Ofcom

,----[ Quote ]
| If you run open source capture/viewing
| software, such as MythTV, things get a
| little trickier. The developers of MythTV
| can't sign an agreement with the BBC in
| order to obtain the decoding tables,
| because part of the terms of the agreement
| are that the decoding tables aren't given
| out to anybody else. This is fundamentally
| opposed to the open source nature of the
| project, so simply won't happen.


BBC Activates DRM For Its iPlayer Content

,----[ Quote ]
| "The BBC has quietly added DRM to its
| iPlayer content. This breaks support for
| things like the XBMC plugin as well as
| other non-approved third-party players. The
| get-iplayer download page has a good
| summary of what happened, including links
| to The Reg articles and the BBC's response
| to users' complaints."


Stop BBC âDigital Rights Managementâ from disabling your HD TV

,----[ Quote ]
| The BBC want an offshore consortium of
| entertainment companies called the "Digital
| Transmission Licensing Administrator" to
| decide how your high definition TV and
| video can work.
| The American courts rejected these
| draconian restrictions, so the DTLA has
| chosen to pick on British TV viewers
| instead.


OSI Opposes Barriers To Open Source Software For Television

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| The Open Source Initiative Board has added
| OSI to the list of organizations asking
| that the BBC not be allowed to add digital
| restriction measures to digital broadcasts
| in the United Kingdom. The BBC's request to
| do so is being reviewed by the UK
| regulator, OfCOM, and OSI is supporting the
| position statement from the UK's Open
| Rights Group and encouraging others to do
| likewise.

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