I stole the headline from Boing Boing’s good news post. The evil and stupid "broadcast flag" provision has been deep-sixed. This is great news. The broadcast flag concept essentially demanded that digital media like HDTV shows would’ve been locked into "officially approved" equipment and software. Want to watch a show on your TV that you recorded on your own equipment, off the cable TV or satellite broadcast that you paid to recieve? Only if the network likes you.
Had this been in effect fifteen years ago we would likely have no VCRs, Tivos, home digital video editing, etc. Because all of those technologies are potentially infinging. The broadcast industry is learning that they, too, have to live in the real world, and efforts to legislate their own monopoly are not going to end well.
People do not like being told what they can do with things they’ve paid for. To paraphrase Princess Leia, the more they tighten their grip, the more customers will slip through their fingers.