The FCC and Congress Should Consider Consumer Rights When Making the Transition to DTV

By: Frank Ing-Jye Chao

This ibrief discusses the copyright issue surrounding the transition into Digital Television. It proposes that the Federal Communications Commission should balance the copyright interests of all parties involved in the DTV transition. Creators of informative and entertaining works must be rewarded with incentives to create further works. Such incentives necessarily involve copyright protection for these content holders. Just as the rights of content holders should be protected, the public’s right to access information and to freely express ideas needs to remain protected. Copyright laws, specifically the fair use doctrine, must be allowed to stand firm while maintaining flexibility in order to advance with media technology.

Cite: 2003 Duke L. & Tech. Rev. 0017

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