It was a close call, but an amendment that would have tacked the
Broadcast Flag onto
an appropriations bill failed to make it out of a
Congressional subcommittee yesterday. Apparently H.R.2862 was referred to the Committee on Appropriations
without the amendment in question attached, which means that, for the time being at least, we're in the clear.
Hard to imagine this being the end of the line though, since the
MPAA is damned determined to get this thing enshrined into
law, but public awareness about the Broadcast Flag and why it needs to be stopped seems to be growing, which will
hopefully make it more difficult for some bought-and-paid-for Senator or Representative to sneak this through.