We have assumed control.

In what could be a script from the old “Outer Limits” television show, on July 1, 2005, the Motion Picture Association of America will assume control of your television. Based on an electronic flag that they insert into programs at will, the digital outputs will be shut down. You have no say in the matter, courtesy of the FCC. Does this signal the end of time-shifting or commercial skipping? What other control will be taken away from me?

Maybe it’s just me, but I’m also tired of being forced to watch certain previews on DVDs, when my fast forward is disabled courtesy of the manufacturer. And even more ridiculous is forcing me to watch the Interpol warning at the beginning. What does this achieve? If I’m going to break the law, then the warning won’t stop me.

Does the customer still have any rights? Not unless you have your own lobby I guess.