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Mad Penguin: The Tux Behind the Boob Tube: How and Why to Build an Open Source TV

Jun 02, 2005, 04:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Christian Einfeldt)

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On May 6, 2005, the Federal Court of Appeal for the Washington, D.C., Circuit struck down the broadcast flag that the FCC was being pressured by Hollywood to implement on July 1, 2005. If it had gone through, this nasty law would have required all TV sets sold in the US to have included a mechanism or code to honor the so-called broadcast flag. The broadcast flag would have prevented consumers from recording broadcast TV, including Tux, pictured here, at the PCHDTV site...

"The implications of this law would have been (and still could be) quite dramatic, indeed. As penguinistas know, once content is digitized, it can be squished, squashed, ripped, mixed, burned, shared, de-bugged and distributed widely on terms that are set by you, the end user..."

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