Japan May Ease TV Copy Protection Rules

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In Japan, the government plans to ask broadcasters and makers of home appliances to ease a copy protection rule for digital TV broadcasts to allow viewers to copy recorded programs more than once, and it seems the home electronics industry seen receptive to the idea.
At present, a “copy once” mechanism restricts the number of recordings to only one using special signals sent by broadcasters…the story says that the recording limit will likely be lifted in stages, starting with news, educational and similar programs for which copies could be of great use. For a primer on Japanese copyright law, read this Wikipedia entry.

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Curt Hunter

If this happens, will the current recorders that use CPRM discs be able to copy more than once, or will a new machine be required?

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