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Go Phillips! I should buy some of their products. :)
 

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Obviously, this release is designed to protect Philips' interests, which have been threatened by the proposal. Nonetheless, Philips' interests more closely mirror those of the average consumer, hence we should all shout 'hurrah' for their willingness to attack the proposal itself, as well as the process that was used to create it. Go Philips!
 

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I sent my thank-you note to Blanford weeks ago when he said (in a press release) that he lost all confidence in the BPDG consensus.


Time to buy some more stamps, I think!
 

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And now Billy Tauzin is complying with Philips's request:

http://www.tvinsite.com/broadcasting...y=breakingNews


See this site for the latest from the EFF on developments:

http://bpdg.blogs.eff.org/


Here is a link to recent press releases on various topics by the MPAA's Jack Valenti, including the one dated June 4, 2002 on the topic of the Broadcast Flag:

http://www.mpaa.org/jack/index.htm


Rep. Tauzin hasn't issued a statement on the Commerce Committee website yet but if he does you'll find it here:

http://energycommerce.house.gov/107/news/news.htm
 

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I think everyone is right that the BPDG process was not a decision-making process at all, much less a consensus process. It was something, that's for sure! There's no way in the world that any foreseeable process will result in a workable broadcast flag plan within Tauzin's desired time frame. I hope that Tauzin will stick to his guns and declare the issue dead when, at the end of 8 weeks, there is still chaos.


Don't go overboard with praise for Philips. They have some ideas that are a cut above the others, but when you come down to it, their proposal is just as horrific as the one that is being considered, if not more so. Philips is boasting something like 42-bit encryption. Hey! How about no encryption? Isn't there some simple, unobtrusive, casual way to include a flag with a video signal? And isn't that enough? You aren't going to stop anybody who really wants to redistribute the video on the internet!
 
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