From National Journal’s Technology Daily | March 9
Copy-Protection Group Finalizes Report; Impact Unclear
by Drew Clark
A group of executives representing the movie, technology and electronics industries has finalized a report describing technologies that proponents believe could stop video piracy, leaving its parent copy-protection body without any current work to do.
The Copy Protection Technical Working Group (CPTWG) met last week in Los Angeles for its bimonthly meeting, but the engineers adjourned within an hour for separate, private meetings of industry consortia, according to individuals who attended.
For three years, the group has been a key focus of Hollywood’s press to require technology and electronics companies to include copyright protection in their goods. The “broadcast flag” anti-piracy standard imposed by the FCC in November originated in a CPTWG subgroup called the Broadcast Protection Discussion Group (BPDG), which submitted its report in June 2002.
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