HP, Philips advance on digital-rights front

Thursday, 4 March 2004, 12:09 PM EST

Hewlett-Packard and Philips have teamed up to develop a new a new copy-protection technology for digital-broadcast signals. HP also has licensed Intel's digital-content protection technology, which prevents the unauthorized recording of video between devices.

The HP/Philips copy-protection technology is designed to win approval from the Federal Communications Commission as a recognized technology under the FCC's new Broadcast Flag rules for digital broadcasting. A Broadcast Flag is essentially a provision that allows broadcasters to prevent digital copying of programs -- especially movies.

By Jason Lopez at NewsFactor.

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