CDT Offers Recommendations on Broadcast Flag Legislation
As Congress considers mandating a "broadcast flag" regime to protect digital television signals from piracy, CDT is urging lawmakers to ensure that such a law does not interfere with the rights of individuals to use digital content, or of inventors to develop new technologies. To that end, CDT has drafted a report outlining key considerations for Congress as it ponders broadcast flag legislation. Though it is unclear whether Congress will move on legislation this year, pressure to enact a law has increased since a federal court struck down broadcast flag rules written by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). CDT is not endorsing a flag regime, but believes if one is passed, it must include appropriate limitations and safeguards.