The FCC's proposed regulation requiring consumer electronic devices to be equipped to recieve digital markers embedded in digital television signals and dvd encryption schemes (this includes television receivers, PCs, and DVD recording and playback equipment) was rejected by the U.S. Court of Appeals in the Washington D.C. Circuit on Friday, 5/6/05.
This ruling is a victory for proponents of interoperable computing and free and open access to digital information. The proposed regulation, known as the "Broadcast Flag" was challenged in court by a coalition of public interest organizations including the American Library Association, Association of Research Libraries, Medical Library Association, Special Libraries Association, as well as the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Read more online at the PublicKnowledge.org