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Ofcom Approves BBC Copy Protection Plans

UK telecoms watchdog Ofcom has given the green light to a BBC proposal to implement digital rights management (DRM) tools to restrict the number of times its HD shows can be copied when recorded from its Freeview HD service.

According to the changes proposed by the BBC, viewers of its high definition programs can make copies of the programs for a limited number of times. Higher value film and drama content will be set for a complete copying lockdown.

Viewers of standard definition programs will have no such restrictions forced on them.

In a statement, Ofcom said: “Ofcom has concluded that the decision to accept the BBC's request will deliver net benefits to citizens and consumers by ensuring they have access to the widest possible range of HD television content on DTT.”

The regulator also reported that the BBC was proposing to license its digital rights management system out to manufacturers, enabling them to deploy an effective DRM copyright protection system on their hardware.