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EFF: ALA 04-1037FCC%20Brief

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B
RIEF FOR
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Oral Argument Scheduled 
 
For February 22, 2005 
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 A. Parties
According to the Commission’s records, the parties, intervenors, and amiciappearing below and before this Court are listed in petitioners’ brief.
 B. Rulings Under Review
 
 In the Matter of Digital Broad Content Protection
, 18 FCC Rcd 23550 (2003)
 
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C. Related Cases
The order on review has not previously been before this Court. Counsel are notaware of any related cases pending in this or any other Court.
 
 
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Statement Of The Issues Presented For Review.............................................................................1Jurisdiction......................................................................................................................................2Statutes and Regulations.................................................................................................................2Counterstatement Of The Facts.......................................................................................................2A. Background.........................................................................................................................21. Digital Television..........................................................................................................22. The Notice of Proposed Rule Making..........................................................................4B. The Broadcast Flag Rules....................................................................................................51. The Need For A Content Protection Technology For Digital Television.....................52. The Broadcast Flag Provisions.....................................................................................73. The FCC’s Authority To Adopt The Broadcast Flag Rules.......................................114. The Certifications Order............................................................................................15Summary of Argument..................................................................................................................17Argument......................................................................................................................................20I. Standard of Review...........................................................................................................20A. The Statutory Issue......................................................................................................20B. The APA Issue............................................................................................................21II. The Commission Acted Within Its Authority Under The Communications Act..............22A. The Statutory Text Defining Wire And Radio Communication IncludesEquipment Subject To The Broadcast Flag Requirement...........................................22B. The Communications Act Gives The Commission Authority ToExercise Jurisdiction To Accomplish The Purposes Of The Act...............................23C. Petitioners’ Claims That The Commission Erred In ConstruingIts Jurisdiction Have No Foundation..........................................................................26III. The Commission’s Decision To Adopt Broadcast Flag RulesWas Rational And Consistent With Copyright Law.........................................................36A. The Commission Reasonably Concluded That The Broadcast Flag RulesAre Necessary To The Success Of The Transition To Digital Television................36B. The Broadcast Flag Rules Do Not Conflict With Copyright Law...............................41Conclusion....................................................................................................................................45STATUTORY APPENDIX

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