The San Francisco Chronicle reported today that your current television set and VCR might soon be rendered useless.
Draft legislation explored at a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing would make all current television sets and videocassette recorders obsolete within four years by requiring that they recognize a "broadcast flag" that would prevent copying of televised content.In a private conversation not reported by the Chronicle, Tauzin also said that anybody who owns a current-model TV or VCR can exchange their existing appliance for a new digital version for free. All you have to do is show up at Tauzin's house with your old equipment and he will cheerfully give you a brand new state-of-the-art digital TV/VCR, paid for out of his own personal slushfund. Free coffee and beignets will be served while supplies last. Posted by Stefan Sharkansky at September 27, 2002 06:58 AM