With the deadline for the mandatory compliance with the broadcast flag looming, Public Knowledge is filing a lawsuit fighting the flag. Here are a couple bullet points from their court challenge:
The flag’s proponents portray it as a narrow mandate that will only prohibit illegal distribution of digital television content, but in fact it will do much more:
- the flag will impose significant strictures and constraints on the design of consumer-electronics and computer products — limitations that will diminish interoperability between new products and old ones, and that even pose interoperability problems among new devices; and
- the flag will limit what users can do with broadcast television content to a significantly greater degree than they are limited now.