Stop BBC “Digital Rights Management” from disabling your HD TV
The BBC want an offshore consortium of entertainment companies called the "Digital Transmission Licensing Administrator" to decide how your high definition TV and video can work.
The American courts rejected these draconian restrictions, so the DTLA has chosen to pick on British TV viewers instead.
Some rights-holders have threatened the BBC, demanding the power to control what you can record, how long you can keep your recordings, and how you can use them They say they will stop supplying HD shows if the BBC doesn't agree. .
But these are empty threats. The UK market is too lucrative to be ignored, and the same rights-holders still sell to huge DRM-free TV networks in the USA. But the BBC has decided to cave into these threats and wants to put DRM on your next TV set.
The BBC want to do this by scrambling some of the data that goes with the signal, including the information used by people with hearing and visual disabilities, as well as some of the video-decoding info. Devices will only be allowed to de-scramble this information by agreeing to apply this entertainment consortium's restrictions, such as deleting your recordings after a certain number of days, or preventing you from recording certain movies in HD quality.
More expensive TV sets for the UK
And even worse - no HD product from the EU or abroad will work properly in the UK, because nobody else uses this DRM. So prices of TVs and videos in the UK will jump up.
The BBC's plans are now being looked at by Ofcom, who are in charge of all communications regulations in the UK. Ofcom say they are "minded" to agree to give up their power to decide how TV works in the UK - a power given to them by our government - and give control of our television sets to a corporate multinational "Administrator", the DTLA.
Sign onto ORG's response before March 31. Read it, and send your name, organisation and key objections
Let us know your key objections, including:
1 Restrictions to access for people who are hearing or vision impaired
2 Restrictions to ability to code or use open source products using encrypted information
3 Restrictions on trade and competition
4 Removal of 'fair dealing' rights, such as quotation for news, criticism and review