TVTechnology: FCC Opens ATSC Patent Costs Proceedings
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Date: 02 Mar 2009 14:21
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CUT-FATT also said the FCC should adopt rules to curb future abuses. “Compared to the digital television patent licensing process elsewhere in the world, licensors in the United States operate freely in an un-regulated 'Wild West' without supervision or accountability,” the organization said. The CUT-FATT petition said that American consumers pay $20 to $30 per television receiver for intellectual property rights that would cost about $1 elsewhere. Considering that American consumers will purchase more than 45 million DTV sets, CUT-FATT says consumers will be overcharged by more than one billion dollars alone in the DTV transition years of 2008 and 2009.
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