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Copy Protection

March 25, 2002 6:03 PM

Senator Fritz Hollings, a Democrat from South Carolina, introduced the Consumer Broadband and Digital Television Promotion Act. It would require every digital device to have embedded copy protection. Everything. Cell phones, PCs, MP3 players, fax machines.

It gets worse.

Within a couple years of the bill's passage, any software distributed will be required to have embedded copy protection approved by the federal government. Even if it's free. Any software that can reproduce copyrighted works. Spreadsheets, notepad, vi.

The MPAA and RIAA claim this is the "only way to prevent the continuing Napsterization of their businesses."

Instead of changing, this is what corporations do when their businesses aren't profitable any more. Beg the federal government for a bailout. The savings & loan industry, the airline industry, and now the entertainment industry.

Fuck their businesses.

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