A U.S. appeals court on May 6 threw out new federal rules requiring anti-piracy technology that would have limited how educators and other consumers could record and play their favorite television programs in the future.

The three-judge panel for the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia determined that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) had exceeded its authority when it announced it would require such technology in digital televisions and other consumer electronic devices sold after July 1.

"This opens up the future for consumers to have more wide-ranging video experiences,"


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