Group Sues FCC Over Broadcast Flag

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A group concerned about consumer access to digital content has sued the Federal Communications Commission over new rules designed to protect rampant Internet piracy of movies and television shows aired on broadcast television.

But Washington, D.C.-based Public Knowledge, which filed the suit in federal court last Friday, argued that the FCC rules were too broad because they restricted consumer actions unrelated to Internet-aided piracy, such as sharing news clips with family members or electronic-mailing video files between computers in the home and office.

The FCC adopted the rules in November to promote the transition to all-digital broadcasting.

Viacom Inc., owner of the CBS network, threatened to pull HDTV content if the commission failed to adopt rules that would prevent widespread Internet retransmission.

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