TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: TiVo Awaits Verdict on Copy Protection

TiVo Awaits Verdict on Copy Protection

Monty Solomon (
Sat, 27 Nov 2004 22:37:52 -0500

News: by Robin Berger

MPAA leads opposition


Consumers continue to be assured that the promise of digital
technology's "any time, any place" access to the media they crave is
just around the corner -- the wheels are in motion. At the same time,
a considerable backspin continues to be provided by those who
currently control its dissemination -- and fear the boogeyman behind
remote devices.

Yet another tech and media, anti-privacy consortium was formed last
month. This one -- Coral -- includes Sony, Hewlett-Packard, Philips
Electronics, Matsushita Electric (Panasonic), Samsung, Twentieth
Century Fox, RealNetworks and digital rights management company
InterTrust Technologies. Apple Computer and Microsoft are notably

Meanwhile, back in Washington, the FCC continues to mediate the fate
of "digital output protection technology and recording method"
providers. The commission certified the following 13 technologies in

* MagicGateType-R (four types from Sony Corp.)
* SmartRight (developed by a conglomerate headed by Thomson)
* Vidi Recordable DBD Protection System (Philips Electronics and
* High Bandwidth Digital Content Protection (Digital Content
Protection, LLC)
* Content Protection Recordable Media for Video Content (4C, LLC)
* TiVoGuard Digital Output Protection Technology
* Digital Transmission Content Protection (Digital Transmission
Licensing Administration)
* Helix DRM Trusted Recorder (Real)
* Windows Media Digital Rights Management (Microsoft Corp.)
* D-VHS (Victor Company of Japan, aka JVC)

The FCC's docket indicates that these technologies have been under
commission review since at least February, to ensure that content
marked with the Broadcast Flag is protected.

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