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I am not sure if you guys and girls have covered this issue, and I know it is off topic Jerome (Forgive me?:), but I just wanted to drop this little tidbit of info over here at the EuroTrib:

American Studios' Secret Plan to Lock Down European TV Devices

EFF Exposes Standards Jeopardizing Innovation and Consumer Rights

San Francisco - An international consortium of television and technology companies is devising draconian anti-consumer restrictions for the next generation of TVs in Europe and beyond, at the behest of American entertainment giants.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is the only public interest group to have gained entrance into the secretive meetings of the Digital Video Broadcasting Project (DVB), a group that creates the television and video specifications used in Europe, Australia, and much of Asia and Africa. In a report released today, EFF shows how U.S. movie and television companies have convinced DVB to create new technical specifications that would build digital rights management technologies into televisions. These specifications are likely to take away consumers' rights, which will subsequently be sold back to them piecemeal -- so entertainment fans will have to pay again and again for legitimate uses of lawfully acquired digital television content.

I thought this might be of interest to you fine people.  Certainly, it is a topic worth visiting, if your members have not already?

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by Connecticut Man1 (connecticutman1 AT gmail dot com) on Thu Mar 29th, 2007 at 12:03:28 PM EST

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