O'Reilly European Open Source Convention - October 17-20, 2005 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Europe's Coming Broadcast Flag
Cory Doctorow, Canada-US Fulbright Chair, Annenberg Center on Public Diplomacy, University of Southern California

Track: Keynote
Date: Thursday, 20 October 2005
Time: 15:30 - 16:15
Location: Grand Ballroom

America's Broadcast Flag is dead, thanks to an activist coalition that brought a successful lawsuit against the FCC. Now Europe is Hollywood's Plan B: in a classic "policy laundering" move, executives from American entertainment companies have packed the board of the European standards organization that specifies digital TV standards for Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Australia. What they've dreamt up is a thousand times more restrictive than the U.S. version, as these foxes in their secret, closed-door meetings at the henhouse have run rampant over tech companies. Tech companies can't be relied upon to stand astride the globe as gods, shipping innovative technology that lets us do more with our media. As in America, they will sell out their birthright for a handful of pretty movies.

Don't let Hollywood's iron heel come down on your life, your technology, your privacy, your artists, and your social institutions--fight back and win the Broadcast Flag fight in Europe, too!

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