Blame it on the FCC?

EFF takes Windows Media Center to task for intentionally restricted functionality, in the name of compliance with a non-existent legal requirement. WMC will decline to record certain over-the-air digital TV broadcasts. Quoting the official response to CNET:

“As part of these regulations, Windows Media Center fully adheres to the flags used by broadcasters and content owners to determine how their content is distributed and consumed.”

The problem is, as the EFF Deeplinks blog points out, a DC circuit court has already struck down this requirement on hardware and software vendors, in one of the rare victories for sanity. This is one case where design decisions and conflicting priorities can not be blamed on the government.


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