HRRC testifies against Hollings-Stevens bill, which would have imposed burdensome requirements on virtually all digital devices. No action taken on bill.
House Energy & Commerce Committee staff draft of DTV transition legislation recognizes HRRC principles of protecting reasonable and customary consumer viewing and recording expectations.
Consumers react to abuses of DMCA and appearance of “anti-copy” CDs.
FCC opens proceedings to consider “broadcast flag” re “Internet redistribution.”
Boucher-Doolittle and Lofgren bills introduced to protect and restore consumer rights re copyright fair use, DMCA, and anti-copy CDs.
Consumer electronics manufacturers and cable operators recommend to FCC a resolution of copyright-related threats to consumer viewing and recording rights, to include Encoding Rule regulations; FCC likely to ask for public comment.
HRRC celebrates its 20th Anniversary
2000 marks the turn of the Millennium with the prospects for development of incredible new consumer technology at lightning speed, creating new markets for the entertainment industry and continuing the prosperity. Yet, the same old arguments against consumers’ use of new technology are being dredged up once again.
May 2000 HRRC submits written statement concerning the Internet and the Independent Music Market to the House Committee on Small Business.
May 2000 HRRC submits written statement on the compatibility between cable TV systems and consumer electronics equipment to the Federal Communications Commission.