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Definition: broadcast flag

A code in a digital TV broadcast that would restrict its redistribution. For example, the broadcast flag would allow consumers to make copies for personal use, but would prevent them from transmitting copies over the Internet. Mandated by the FCC, consumer devices manufactured after July 1, 2005 were expected to recognize the code. In May 2005, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia reversed the FCC order. It was rescinded in 2011.