Dianne Feinstein on the Broadcast Flag: Idiot or liar? | This is the response to her constituents in California in regards to the Broadcast Flag.
Thank you for writing to me about the digital broadcast flag. I appreciate hearing from you.
I feel strongly that we must prevent the theft of copyrighted works, and that includes digital television (DTV) programming. As we move forward in the digital age, it is increasingly easy for unauthorized copies of copyrighted works to be made and illegally distributed. Over-the-air digital content is the easiest to pirate.
As we contemplate the use of new technologies to protect copyrighted works, we must pay careful attention to ensure that a balance is struck between competitive protections and individual consumer interests. It is important to allow for the continued fair use of copyrighted material, even while we seek to stop unauthorized reproductions from being illegally distributed outside the home and over the Internet.
Again, thank you for writing. Please know that as the Senate considers legislation of the broadcast flag, I will be sure to keep your views in mind. If you should have any questions, please feel free to contact my Washington, DC staff at (202) 224-3841.
You can seek (and succeed) in stopping piracy without killing our fair use, and that’s the only thing the BS (I mean, BF) does. If you live in California (Thomas), I would do my best to ensure that this is Dianne Feinstein last term as your senator.
Note: Titled Edited. Still waiting for anyone to be able to explain how the BF can be enabled and still allow for “fair use”