The “Broadcast Flag,” which would have allowed Hollywood to decide how, when, and whether you could record television shows, was thrown out by the DC Court of Appeals last month. According to the Electronic Freedom Foundation, MPAA lobbyists have convinced some as-yet unidentified senator or senators into sneaking new Broadcast Flag-enabling legislation into a giant appropriations bill. Somebody needs to remind Bill Frist that these guys are not on his side.
Bad Hollywood. Bad senators. Everybody involved should be forced to watch 72 hours of uninterrupted ’70’s TV show remake movies, “Clockwork Orange” style.
UPDATE: Either the EFF got some bad information, or they scared the senatecritters off. Either way, broadcast flag language apparently did not make it into the Senate appropriations bill.