I was just reading about this article on Slashdot about some arrests under the DMCA. Apparently, the way DirectTV works is that its satellites beam the signal everywhere, and all the dish does is decrypt that signal. Perhaps all satellite TV works that way, actually, since I’m sure they can’t just beam the signal to the subscribers’ homes.
Anyway, the people arrested built programs and hardware that could grab this signal and decrypt it for free TV. Now, there are plenty at Slashdot saying that this IS illegal, but there are counterarguments I find rather interesting, seizing on the fact that, right now, you and I are having satellite TV beamed into our homes, whether we want it or not. Why can’t we decrypt it using our own stuff, the counterargument goes, since they’re essentially forcing the signal into our homes without our consent, and htus have no more ownership over?
Now, I think that’s how the basic gist of the argument goes, but you can check out the thread itself too. Not having known about how satellite TV works, I kind of find this argument interesting. So let me toss the question out to da Dopers: is this information free?