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Sean Trank Dr. Greer Com 350 1/30/08 1. What are broadcast flags? How do they work? Today, broadcast flags are the primary anti-piracy tool for digital television transmissions. This regulatory measure is intended to facilitate a consumer transition from analog to digital-signal television transmissions by ensuring high quality content, thereby encouraging consumer investment in digital technologies. The flag is a technological measure designed “to prevent mass distribution over the internet”, protecting copyrights, but mostly used to prevent widespread sharing of protected content. The flag consists of a series of bits which contain a “descriptor tag” and space reserved for “optional additional redistribution control information that may be defined in the future.” The flag is embedded within TV program itself, and the flag sends a signal to a receptor, which in turn blocks unauthorized distribution of the program. 2. What are the pros and cons of the flags?
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