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Besides the L.A. Times article the other article to read is the 7/17 WSJ one by Anna Wilde Mathews which contained the following:

"The agreements essentially set up several classes of protection, according to people familiar with them.


The most protected class includes pay-per-view movies, which the entertainment companies would be able to prevent consumers from copying without permission. Consumers would be able to record portions of pay-per-view movies, however.


The second category includes pay-TV cable programming such as that available on ESPN and HBO. For that, consumers would be able to make a limited number of "first generation" digital copies. But entertainment companies could prevent consumers from duplicating those copies."

 

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Lee Wood pointed to a Broadcasting and Cable article which indicates that the other studios are nearer to an agreement. Never before have I seen a quote from anyone from these studios that they might soon agree. Does this mean watermarking will be added immediately to the equipment as well as 5c capability? Incidentally Warner Brothers declared that an agreement was imminent at the 3/15 hearings and it took 4 months.


"Other major studios (Disney, Paramount, Fox, Universal and MGM) are "closer to an agreement than they have ever been" with the 5Cs, said Preston Padden, Disney's executive vice president of government relations.


He said the other studios will soon agree to the same pact, but "with the addition of watermark detection so that broadcast programming can be protected against unauthorized Internet redistribution."




[This message has been edited by Alan Sh (edited 07-22-2001).]
 

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 7/23 Variety(for subscribers) has an article titled:

Studios seek digital protection for b'cast


"In the next week or so, Disney, Fox Filmed Entertainment, MGM, Universal and Paramount are expected to submit a separate proposal to the five electronics makers. Under this plan, over-the-air broadcasts would be watermarked, so that they couldn't be retransmitted over the Internet."


"Warners and Sony say it's too early to tackle the thorny issue of restricting over-the-air broadcast; the other five, some of whom have extended broadcast interests, say it's imperative. "
 

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'Watermarks so you can't transmit over the internet' Yeah, uh huh, sure. The possibility of someone attempting to download a movie @ 7.5 Gb per hour of recording time is laughable at best. The "watermark" will last less than 30 days the minute it becomes reasonable to download one of these beasts. But, hey, if that's what it takes to get Hollywood happy.. Go for it. It will be interesting what they come up with for HD PVR's. I sure hope that they (Hollywood) don't screw them up.


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