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Copyright dispute reaches new high point in the USA

Copyright dispute reaches new high point in the USA

The back and forth in the dispute over the guarantee of copyright in digital media spills up again due to a legislative proposal by an influential senator who has already been given the spot name Ernest 'Hollywood' Hollings.

With his CBDTPA (Consumer Broadband and Digital Television Promotion Act) he wants to achieve the introduction of 'watermarks' for digital media. The song or film is then provided with a watermark, the devices will then read out this watermark and effectively prevent a copy of the medium. For this purpose, all playback devices on the market are to be replaced by ones that can read and use this protective mechanism. Copying the medium, for whatever purpose, would be prevented and copy protection guaranteed.

The matter became interesting when Ernest 'Hollywood' Holling accused Microsoft of offering software that could also be used illegally manage copied data, which in turn contributes to the stagnation in the copyright conflict. Microsoft now saw itself forced to take the floor on this matter. Accordingly, Microsoft calls this anti-piracy measure an own goal if it restricts the use of the medium for the consumer and the new technologies fall into disrepute. According to Microsoft, checking the watermark will slow down the processing of the data, which could cause displeasure on the part of the user. In addition, the restriction of use may be a violation of the privacy of the user.

Meanwhile, more and more are on the Internet frustrated voices from users who no longer want to miss the benefits of a digital video recorder (DVI). Spurred on by the remarks of Jamie Kellner, head of Turner Broadcasting, of the possibility of fading out advertising blocks, which is done at the push of a button on digital video recorderscan, known as theft. By deleting the advertising blocks, the very existence of the broadcasters is endangered, as they finance the majority of their income with advertising, said Jamie Kellner. It is clear that this accusation cannot remain without comment. Some owners of digital video recorders have already filed a lawsuit against the 27 largest studios in the federal court of Los Angeles. With this action, the court is to be moved to pass a fundamental judgment in which the right to make copies for private use is to be anchored.

This long-running dispute has not the last led to the fact that the large film studios do not offer films for digital television, which has thrown the spread and acceptance of digital television back years. Hollywood films will only be offered on digital TV channels when reasonable copy protection is introduced. so the film studios. However, this is a thorn in the side of the consumer advocates, as this is a violation of the 'fair-use' principle, which is comparable to the normal right of use in Germany. So it will be interesting to see how the American courts evaluate this, especially since other countries could participate. However, this debate is far from over.