Susquehanna's Halyburton Testifies At Senate Panel On Broadcast Flag
January 24, 2006 at 8:02 AM (PT)
Representing radio for the NAB at the Senate Commerce Committee hearing on the "broadcast flag" for copy protection of digital broadcasting, SUSQUEHANNA SVP/GM for Group Ops. DAN HALYBURTON, chairman of the NAB's AudioBroadcast Flag Taskforce, told the panel that HD RADIO's use of traditional radio elements like DJ intros, commercials, and PSAs mean that "we are simply not a good source for music piracy."
HALYBURTON said that "we were heartened to see that in the most recent correspondence between our organizations, (the RIAA's MITCH) BAINWOL wrote that encryption at the source is not a viable option. We agree. No proposal should be allowed to derail the HD RADIO rollout, by making obsolete thousands of receivers already on the market, as well as millions more in the manufacturing pipeline. Other proposals that would restrict listeners' ability to record, free over-the-air broadcasts for personal use are problematic." HALYBURTON also said that draft legislation on an audio flag proposed by Sen. GORDON SMITH (R-OR) is a "step in the right direction."
...we are simply not a good source for music piracy.