Indeed. The situation in the US is getting worse. The FCC (Federal Communications Commission just granted the MPAA (Motion Picture Assoc of America) permission to damage our television sets now. The FCC has just granted (Friday) a request by the MPAA to actually block the hardware ports or video outputs of various consumer devices. It's called selectable output control. The assertion that this would result in the disabling of millions of home theater setups did not dissuade the FCC from their ultimate decision. Here again, the special interests of big media companies was heard and catered to over the protests and interests of the consumer.
A reform group, Public Knowledge, states that the FCC order "will will allow the big firms for the first time to take control of a consumer's TV set or set-top box, blocking viewing of a TV program or motion picture."
Public Knowledge also added "At no point in this proceeding did any of the content companies make the case that any ‘piracy' was occurring because material was sneaking out of the back of a TV set onto the Internet."
The FCC disagrees with the Public Knowledge assertions and claims.