[Wolves] LRL Mass Debate - BBC Guidelines

Political Penguin fish at politicalpenguin.org.uk
Sun Jul 8 11:42:27 BST 2007

I would hazard a guess they would use section 1.8 as a justification not 
to implement systems that would support Linux users.

These two criteria:

3. Are third parties being forced to deal with the BBC on terms which 
are demonstrably unfair or significantly out of line with the market 

4. Is the proposed activity significant in terms of its scale or scope 
(relative to competing offerings in the marketplace)?

They would argue that they are keeping in line with market conditions 
and to have systems that are accessible to Linux users would not justify 
the additional cost to support such a small number of users.  They would 
argue that given the market share they are doing their best to support 
the vast majority of people who use Windows and subsequently Macs.

Sad I know but if you're planning on complaining you need to come up 
with a significant argument against these points.  We all know it comes 
down to DRM but they're not going to openly say that.  Perhaps we should 
co-ordinate a bit of in depth research first.  I'd hazard a guess the 
best angle would be to examine European legislation.  One often finds 
that European Union legislation seems to be a lot more explicit when it 
comes to such matters with regard to open use of IT and consumer 
protection, sadly not a lot tends to come from UK legislation.

Kevanf1 wrote:
> On 08/07/07, the.lock.keeper at ukonline.co.uk
> <the.lock.keeper at ukonline.co.uk> wrote:
>> I'm sure I've mentioned this before...
>> I'm not registered on the LugRadio mailing list, so can someone post 
>> this
>> forward for me?
>> The following fair trade guidelines might help with a challenge to 
>> the BBC about
>> their single choice of format (M$) for downloadable content:
>> http://www.bbc.co.uk/info/policies/commercial_guides/text/fairtrading_guidelines_0707.html 
>> However, they may argue that open source formats don't allow the use 
>> of DRM.
>> I'm prepared to complain (as a licence fee payer) that I can't 
>> download BBC
>> content.  Maybe we should all complain.
>> Rob
> I'm with you on this Rob.  There is a BBC complaints site too.  I'll
> see if I can find the URL.

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