WIRED -- The broadcast flag--an FCC-ordered copy protection scheme for digital TV tuners--will be built into consumer electronic starting July 2005. There are three reasons why this will not work.
- More than ¾ of pirated films online are leaked by industry insiders prior to their theatrical release. They are compromised before being flagged.
- There is a thriving market for pre-flag tuner cards for PCs. These defeat the broadcast flag.
- "The real threat is mission creep," says Boutin. "It could kill unforeseen new markets. If a broadcast flag had kept VCRs from recording TV shows 20 years ago, would Blockbuster exist today?"
Paul Boutin -- "Why the broadcast flag won't work" in Wired Cheat Sheet, February 2004