FCC ruling opens door to first-run films in individual households

Tue, May 18, 2010


This isn’t necessarily Apple related, but interesting nonetheless.

The FCC recently approved a request from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) that would give Hollywood studios a waiver when it comes to laws governing “selectable output technology.”

In other words, the FCC’s new ruling now gives movie studios the ability to legally turn off secondary outputs on consumer’s TV’s or cable boxes as a means to prevent them from copying movies to external hard drives etc.

What this means is that the door is now open for Hollywood to make movies available for viewing in individual households while they’re still showing in theaters. Under the FCC’s ruling, studios would be allowed to turn off secondary outputs when a movie is playing for up to 90 days, or until the film became available on DVD, whichever comes sooner.

via MSN


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