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While its customers are still puzzling over why Vista Media Center is suddenly refusing to record over-the-air NBC digital TV, Microsoft has come out with an astounding admission, courtesy of Greg Sandoval at CNet News:

"Microsoft included technologies in Windows based on rules set forth by the (Federal Communications Commission)," a Microsoft spokeswoman wrote in an e-mail to CNET News.com. "As part of these regulations, Windows Media Center fully adheres to the flags used by broadcasters and content owners to determine how their content is distributed and consumed."
Microsoft's statement shines light on how Microsoft expects Media Center to behave. If this is the company's explanation for what users are seeing when attempting to record digital NBC broadcasts over-the-air, then Microsoft is saying Vista obeys the broadcast flag: a requirement rejected by courts and Congress.

The FCC regulation that Microsoft's spokesperson says it follows is not in force - that is, there is no legal requirement for them to follow these rules. They were rejected by the D.C. Circuit of Appeals in a case brought forward by librarians, public interest and consumer groups (including EFF and Public Knowledge). Microsoft is not complying with the FCC: it is complying with the "broadcasters and content owners" who so dearly wanted the flag in place, and failed to manage it.
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Hmm. Make customers happy and get a few thousand more or get sued for countless millions of dollars. Which would you pick?
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This makes me hate NBC more than I already do.
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This makes me hate NBC more than I already do.
Ridiculing NBC so quickly -- clearly the most guilty party.
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Ridiculing NBC so quickly -- clearly the most guilty party.
They are. Microsoft didn't flag it. The network did.
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Hmm. Make customers happy and get a few thousand more or get sued for countless millions of dollars. Which would you pick?
Did you read the post?

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The FCC regulation that Microsoft's spokesperson says it follows is not in force - that is, there is no legal requirement for them to follow these rules. They were rejected by the D.C. Circuit of Appeals in a case brought forward by librarians, public interest and consumer groups (including EFF and Public Knowledge).
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Did you read the post?
Doesn't mean that NBC wouldn't try. We all know they would. Suing for anything is the new fad.
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Doesn't mean that NBC wouldn't try. We all know they would. Suing for anything is the new fad.
They wouldn't win, and that's what matters, MS knows it too.
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Doesn't mean that NBC wouldn't try. We all know they would. Suing for anything is the new fad.
That is a ridiculous position to take. Do you really believe that M$ implemented this because they were afraid that NBC would sue over a rule that the courts struck down?
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Not a lot of people have heard of MSNBC around here? The two are corporate partners on at least one venture. It makes sense to play nice.
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