Tech giants pan anti-piracy mandate

Robert Harley robert.harley@inria.fr
Tue, 23 Oct 2001 15:41:59 +0200 (MET DST)


The first paragraph quoted below summarizes it nicely.

http://news.cnet.com/news/0-1005-200-7617315.html
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Tech giants pan anti-piracy mandate 
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Technology industry heavyweights are trying to kill a Hollywood-backed
plan heading for Congress that would require anti-piracy protections
in PCs, CD players and other consumer electronics devices.

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The movie, music and technology industries have been trying for years,
with only limited success, to agree on a standard way of protecting
content from Internet and other digital piracy. A high-profile effort
dubbed the Secure Digital Music Initiative (SDMI), intended to be a
private sector version of the kind of technology effort Hollings' plan
outlines, collapsed largely because of disagreements between
technology and content companies.

Hollings' plan would restart this process, this time with the force of
law behind it, and apply it to all digital devices.

The early draft bill would require the technology industry to come to
its own decision on a copy-protection standard within 18 months, or
else have the government step in to mandate a solution.

The bill would bar the sale of any "interactive digital device" that
did not have the anti-piracy technology built in. It would also be
illegal to remove or disable the security technology as well as to
remove the piracy protections from a song, movie or other piece of
content.

[...]
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