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Old 11-03-2005, 08:05 PM   #1
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Default Hollywood Pushes Bill To Close Analog Hole

Well this oughta be fun. Hope I don't go to jail for having a stereo with RCA jacks.

[url="http://www.mp3newswire.net/stories/5002/analog_hole.html"]http://www.mp3newswire.net/stories/5002/analog_hole.html[/url]

Hollywood Pushes Bill To Close Analog Hole

By Richard Menta 11/02/05

For those unfamiliar with the term analog hole it applys to the electronic devices we enjoy every day like TVs, VCRs and our stereo/surround systems. The analog hole is the non-digital outputs on these systems that transmit what are called analog signals from one device to another. For example, the output on your VCR to your TV set utilizes old fashioned radio frequency to show the programs recorded. The wires from you stereo to your speakers also employ an analog signal.

With all the effort being spent creating digital rights management (DRM) tools to prevent users from, say, copying digital signals from CD to MP3 player the analog hole completely defeats the effort, because a user only has to run an analog line from the headphone jack direct to a PC or recordable MP3 player to make the copy.

Of course, making a recording this way takes considerably more time and effort than just ripping a CD at a track every three seconds. First of all the recordings are made in real time so if it is a 4 minute song it takes 4 minutes to record it. Second, the user has to fiddle with all those wires. But it only takes one person to go through all that effort and put it online to defeat the DRM mechanism for all, hence why the media industries want to get rid of it.

The only way to do that is to criminalize its use.

If that sounds ridiculous a bill is starting its paces through Congress that does just that.

According to Reuters the bill will "...prevent companies from manufacturing, importing or selling devices that convert copy-protected digital broadcast program into an analog program...Plugging the "analog hole" and installing a "broadcast flag" are considered by copyright holders as critical to the transition to digital TV".

With such concerns it is amazing that television survived the VCR, that little device that by the mid-90's generated more revenue for the movie industry than the box-office itself. As we transition from the VCR to DVD that fact still holds true.

As Jon Newton said on P2Pnet.net "But that's not spooky enough for the MPAA. For their party trick this year, they want to take one of the most basic and ubiquitous components in multimedia, and encase it within a pile of legally-enforced, complex, and patented proprietary technology - forever."

For more details on the bill Boing Boing [url="http://www.boingboing.net/2005/11/01/hollywood_after_the_.html"]has a detailed commentary[/url] on it.
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Old 11-03-2005, 08:54 PM   #2
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As the Boing Boing article points out, this will do nothing to stop piracy. The studios surely know this, so the only reason that remains is, as the Boing Boing article put it:

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<table border=1><tr><td>Everything with value has a price-tag. Today you can rewind TV, fast-forward it, skip the ads, move it to another device in your house, or stream it to your web-browser on the road. Tomorrow all of these features will only exist if they are permitted, on a case by case basis. The studios will "enable the business-model" of charging you money for the stuff that you get for free today. Here's a quote: "Doing this stuff has value, and if it has value, we should be able to charge money for it." They do indeed have value: you currently enjoy that value. Under this proposal, the value will be stolen from you and sold back to you piecemeal.</td></tr></table>

There's also "value" in being able to eat dinner while watching to TV. By the same argument, they should be able to charge us a "dinner fee" for the right to exercise the option of eating while watching, simply because it involves watching their broadcast. <img src=smilies/upeyes.gif>



Something fundamental that seems to get no mention these days is that the FCC was created to "ensure that the American people have available, at reasonable costs and without discrimination, rapid, efficient, Nation- and world-wide communication services; whether by radio, television, wire, satellite, or cable" (Source). In other words, they are supposed to do things such allocating radio frequencies (a limited resource, in terms of the usable spectrum and distribution among regions) in the public interest, not commercial interest.

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Old 11-03-2005, 09:50 PM   #3
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> There's also "value" in being able to eat dinner while
> watching to TV. By the same argument, they should be able to
> charge us a "dinner fee" for the right to exercise the
> option of eating while watching, simply because it involves
> watching their broadcast.

You're not paid up on your "reading ZMD on a computer" charge. You can paypal me $74.99 immediately, or I will report you to the internet for stealing websites.
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Old 11-03-2005, 10:01 PM   #4
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Default Re: Hollywood Pushes Bill To Close Analog Hole

> According to Reuters the bill will "...prevent companies
> from manufacturing, importing or selling devices that
> convert copy-protected digital broadcast program into an
> analog program...Plugging the "analog hole" and installing a
> "broadcast flag" are considered by copyright holders as
> critical to the transition to digital TV".

ok, I'll just copy their copy protected digital format to another digital format (like a DivX encoded MPEG). Please, this will solve nothing. All this will do is make people go digital, which is something we would all like to see anyway.
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Old 11-04-2005, 04:16 AM   #5
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Analog signals have been a part of our lives ever since technology became a large aspect of our lives. Complicating things is fucking with the system we've all grown to know and love, and I really think the MPAA is stepping over the line.

Their lobbyists won't win this battle. Not in a million years. And if they do, we're going one step further to letting technology be in control of our lives. Because you know, nobody has morals anymore. We're all a potential pirate.
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