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Re: U.S. Appeals Court Debates Anti-Piracy TV

Michael D. Sullivan (userid@camsul.example.invalid)
Fri, 25 Feb 2005 01:02:06 GMT

> U.S. Circuit Judge Harry Edwards told the Federal Communications
> Commission it "crossed the line" requiring the new anti-piracy
> technology in next-generation television devices. But another appeals
> judge on the panel questioned whether consumers can challenge the
> FCC's rules in the courtroom.

> Edwards, the former chief judge of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
> for the District of Columbia, questioned the FCC's authority to impose
> regulations affecting television broadcasts after such programs are
> beamed into households.

> The FCC's lawyer, Jacob Lewis, acknowledged the agency never had
> exercised such ancillary power but maintained it was permitted by
> Congress since lawmakers didn't explicitly outlaw it.

> "Ancillary does not mean you get to rule the world," Edwards said. He
> said the FCC "crossed the line" beyond its authority approved by
> Congress. "You've gone too far," he said. "Are washing machines
> next?"

Don't read too much into the remarks of judges at oral argument,
especially Edwards. He loves to bait lawyers, tell them they've got a
loser argument, crossed the line, gone too far, etc., and then he
signs onto a decision that goes along with that argument. It's
happened more times than I can count.

Michael D. Sullivan
Bethesda, MD, USA
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