Court shoots down Broadcast Flag

As is being reported all over the net, the U.S. Court of Appeals just ruled that the FCC doesn’t have the authority to force all manufacturers of video hardware (televisions, computers, video recorders, etc.) to disables the ability to make copies of shows where copying doesn’t fit the broadcaster’s business model.

As Declan McCullagh at C|net points out in more diplomatic terms, now the MPAA will actually have to lobby congress to extend their government-enforced monopoly rather than force it through the less-accountable FCC.