Microsoft has decided not to put a TV copyright protection scheme on an upcoming version of the Windows XP operating system.
The Redmond giant had planned for its next edition of Windows XP Media Centre to encrypted TV recordings so that they could only be played on the PC that recorded the programme.
But consumer advocates slammed the plan as being more restrictive than traditional technology such as video recorders.
Users will instead be able to burn recorded programmes onto DVDs to watch on other computers and on standalone players.
The recordings will also be transferable over the internet, but this is not seen as a problem as most video files would be too big even for users with broadband connections.
The software will still support the Copy Generation Management System, which, if restrictions were encoded into a broadcast, would bar the sharing of a DVD recording.
Hollywood studios and other copyright holders have been pressuring Silicon Valley to create mechanisms for protecting intellectual property.
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