Halloween on the Hill

Halloween on the Hill

If you would like to join our jamboree There's a simple rule that's compulsory Mortals pay a token fee Rest in peace; the haunting's free

- The Crypt, Disney's The Haunted Mansion

Halloween is traditionally the time when the undead walk; preposterous monstrosities that no-one could imagine living stumble and moan through the land.

So guess what the entertainment industry decided to dust off for an extra spooky session with the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday?

Why, yes, they are bringing the broadcast flag. And, certainly, there is talk of their henchmen at the RIAA clumsily re-animating their insane digital radio requirements.

But that's not spooky enough for the MPAA. For their party trick this year, they want to take one of the most basic and ubiquitous components in multimedia, and encase it within a pile of legally-enforced, complex, and patented proprietary technology - forever.

Ladies and gentlemen, the MPAA have chosen Halloween week to resurrect their most misconceived monster ever: the Thing from the Analog Hole.

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[TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: And what better way, following Halloween to introduce it than on November 1, All Saints Day, to illustrate the fact that they are all saints in their dealing with the public. PAT]

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