Items tagged "SOC"

Press Release

Public Knowledge Disappointed With Media Bureau Ruling

May 7, 2010 Press Release , SOC

Background:  The Media Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today issued an order allowing movie studios and other content owners to close off the outputs of TV sets and set-top boxes of consumers through the use of “selectable output control.”

The order is here.

The following statement is attributed to Gigi B. Sohn, president and co-founder of Public Knowledge:

“We are disappointed that the Media Bureau has succumbed to the special-interest pleadings of the big media companies and ignored the thousands of letters from consumers.  The order allowing the use of ‘selectable output control’ will allow the big firms for the first time to take control of a consumer’s TV set or set-top box, blocking viewing of a TV program or motion picture.

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Groups Ask FCC To Deny ‘Special Favor’ That Would Let Hollywood Control Consumer TVs

November 4, 2009 Press Release , Set-Top Box , SOC

Thirteen public interest groups today said the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) should not respond to the “whims of industry” and grant the motion picture lobby the ability to control how consumers use their television sets and set-top boxes. As many as 20 million TV sets could be affected.

According to the letter, the Commission’s Media Bureau is poised to grant a waiver requested by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) for what is called “selectable output control” that would shut down the types of devices consumers could plug into their TV sets.

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Theater Owners Shouldn’t Count on the MPAA to “Protect Jobs”

January 25, 2012 Innovation , MPAA , SOC , SOPA , Video Innovation

Former Senator Chris Dodd has been buttering the popcorn of movie theater owners since becoming Hollywood’s chief lobbyist. So it’s not surprising to see the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) and the MPAA commiserating together over what happened to SOPA. They’re united in the delusion that the revolt of Internet users was started and orchestrated by Google–it’s more comforting, no doubt, to paint a large corporation as the bad guy, instead of facing up to the reality of a populist revolt against your own greed and overreach.

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PK In the Know Podcast

December 10, 2010 International , SOC

On today’s podcast, we discuss hacking the Kinect, the Square mobile credit card reader, $20,500 to access first run movies at home, and what wikileaks can tell us about copyright policy laundering.

You can download the audio directly by clicking here (MP3) or stream it using the player below:

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FCC Throws Hollywood a Bone. Kill Switch: Activate!

May 7, 2010 Piracy , SOC

It looks like the Media Bureau decided to do the MPAA a solid–the media industry now has the power to deactivate part of your TV remotely.

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The Media Bureau v. The National Broadband Plan

December 21, 2009 DTV , FCC , SOC , Spectrum Reform , White Space

At the December 16 Commission meeting, the folks working on the National Broadband Plan made a further presentation/sneak preview/trial balloon on what to expect when they publish the plan on February 17 (God willin' and the crick don' rise). While we at Public Knowledge criticized the plan for failing to have the courage of its convictions and the evidence by taking a pass (so far at least) on promoting structural separation, that does not make the plan worthless.

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Streaming, Sports, SOC, and Stuff.

December 18, 2009 DMCA , FCC , P2P , Piracy , SOC

Although overshadowed by Joe Biden's big party for his Copyright buddies, the good folks at the House Judiciary Committee staged their own holiday party for Hollywood. Since "p2p" is now passe, the Judiciary's Secret Santa brought Hollywood a whole new villain to attack in the name of piracy, streaming media. (Hey everyone, remember when 'streaming media' was the good way to get content online because it could be protected unlike that evil peer-2-peer stuff so Hollywood pretended they loved streaming media so they could outlaw peer-2-peer? Boy, we were so young back then . .

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PK Responds to the MPAA on SOC: VoD Before DVD is OK Today

November 10, 2009 DVR , Fair Use , FCC , Set-Top Box , SOC

Last week the MPAA sent another letter to the FCC trying to defend its Selectable Output Control (SOC) proposal and calling out Public Knowledge. We sent a formal reply to the FCC today. All of this means that what we are doing is working, but it also means that the MPAA is not giving up. Here’s Mr. X-Parté to recap the action so far, along with PK’s response:

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SOC in Context

November 9, 2009 Analog Hole , DVR , MPAA , Set-Top Box , SOC

The MPAA's attempt to get the FCC to allow Hollywood to impose Selectable Output Control (SOC) on consumers has gotten quite a bit of coverage in the tech-savvy blogosphere over the past few days.

I was reading through the comments on two prominent blogs' postings, Boing Boing's Tell the FCC to say no to Hollywood's insane "Selectable Output Control" kill-switch and Gizmodo's MPAA Still Trying to Plug Your Analog Hole with Selectable Output Control, and it appears that even among a very informed subsection of the public, SOC still causes a lot of confusion. The main point of confusion is the relationship of SOC to other forms of video DRM.

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Oh Hollywood: Netflix Profit Leaching and Longer Movie Rental Delays

October 28, 2009 Innovation , MPAA , SOC

Admittedly, we here at Public Knowledge spend a lot of time fighting with Hollywood and the MPAA. It is not that we think that the MPAA is full of bad people, just that the policies that they fight for are not always in the public interest. Of course, it is not their job to fight for the public interest – their job is to fight for movie studios. Fighting for the public interest is our job. However, sometimes the MPAA or one of its member studios says something that makes us wonder – are you even doing a good job fighting for movie studios?

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