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HP, Philips to license video protection tools

The companies will begin licensing their Video Content Protection System as a result of the FCC's decision to let consumers share copies of digital TV shows over the Internet.

Hewlett-Packard and Philips will begin licensing their Video Content Protection System as a result of the Federal Communication Commission's decision to let consumers share copies of digital TV shows over the Internet, the companies said Thursday. The FCC ruled Wednesday that people who use TiVo's digital video recorder can send files saved on the device to a small number of others using a mutual customer account.

The two companies, which will offer their Video Content Protection System to device manufacturers, assert that the system will let consumers legally record and share video from digital television broadcasts under the FCC's broadcast flag regulation. Starting in mid-2005 under the broadcast flag rules, it will become illegal to sell or distribute any product that can receive certain digital TV streams without government-approved copy protection. The Video Content Protection System is designed to be used with DVD+R, DVD+RW and DVD+R DL discs.