FC: Sen. Hollings introduces SSSCA -- now renamed the CBDTPA

Jon O. jono@networkcommand.com
Thu, 21 Mar 2002 15:25:06 -0800

Senator introduces long-awaited digital piracy bill

Hollings' solution, backed by Disney would modify personal computers to block piracy. At the hearing, an Intel executive said that Disney wanted to dictate how computers would be designed, crippling their functionality.

The two industries have made progress on standards to protect digital television broadcasts, but remain far apart on approaches to stop online piracy.

Hollings has circulated draft versions of the bill to high-tech and media companies since last summer with the hopes of encouraging a private solution.

But in a statement, the senator said the two sides needed the threat of legislation the make further progress.

``Given the pace of private talks so far, the private sector needs a nudge,'' Hollings said. ``The government can provide that nudge.''

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   Copy Protection Bill Introduced
   By Declan McCullagh (declan@wired.com)
   3:20 p.m. March 21, 2002 PST
   WASHINGTON -- Sen. Fritz Hollings has fired the first shot in the next
   legal battle over Internet piracy.
   The Democratic senator from South Carolina finally has introduced his
   copy protection legislation, ending over six months of anticipation
   and sharpening what has become a heated debate between Hollywood and
   Silicon Valley.
   The bill, called the Consumer Broadband and Digital Television
   Promotion Act (CBDTPA), prohibits the sale of any kind of electronic
   device -- unless that device includes copy-protection standards to be
   set by the federal government.
   Translation: Future MP3 players, PCs, and handheld computers will no
   longer let you make all the copies you want.
   "A lack of security has enabled significant copyright piracy which
   drains America's content industries to the tune of billions of dollars
   every year," Hollings, the powerful chairman of the Senate Commerce
   committee, said in a statement on Thursday.


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