Federal Appeals Court Gives Digital Flag Critics More Time

March 18, 2005
On Tuesday, A federal appeals court gave consumer advocates two weeks to build up their legal challenge of the FCC's broadcast flag rule which is designed to limit the copying of digital television programs.

Two of the three appeals court judges said further explanation was needed to prove that opponents such as the American Library Association had legal standing to challenge the rule in court.

The rule requires TV manufacturers to produce sets that can read the digital flag in their DTV sets by July 1 of this year.

During arguments in the case last month, the judges sided with critics of the new rule, who argue that regulators had overstepped their authority. They expressed doubts about whether the FCC had specific authority to dictate how electronic devices must be made.

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