In a case that could determine whether educators and librarians will be able to record digital television broadcasts at home for use in their schools, a U.S. appeals panel on Feb. 22 challenged new federal rules requiring certain video devices to have technology to prevent the copying of digital TV programs or their distribution online.

U.S. Circuit Judge Harry T. Edwards told the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) it "crossed the line" by requiring the new anti-piracy technology in next-generation television devices. But another appeals judge on the panel questioned whether consumers could challenge the FCC's...

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