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    SSSCA Officially Introduced to Senate

    Looks, like the time has come, that alot of us have been dreading.

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    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.

    Hollings said that "any device that can legitimately play, copy, or electronically transmit one or more categories of media also can be misused for illegal copyright infringement, unless special protection technologies are incorporated."

    That's precisely why Hollings and the five senators who joined him want to embed copy-protection controls in all PCs and consumer electronic devices. Devices manufactured before the law takes effect can be resold legally.

    Once known as the Security Systems Standards and Certification Act, the CBDTPA says that all "digital media devices" sold in the United States or shipped across state lines must include copy protection mechanisms to be defined by the Federal Communications Commission.

    Digital media device is defined in a breathtakingly broad way: Any hardware or software that reproduces, displays, or "retrieves or accesses" any kind of copyrighted work.

    Silicon Valley lobbyists, who have objected to earlier versions of the CBDTPA, denounced it on Thursday.

    "We don't think this will help consumers use technology to enjoy movies or other content more," said Rhett Dawson, the president of the Information Technology Industry Council. "In fact, if it were enacted it could stand in the way of consumers enjoying the benefits of innovation by having the government make decisions that are best left to the marketplace."

    The FCC has a year from the date the president signs the CBDTPA to decide whether representatives of "digital media device manufacturers, consumer groups, and copyright owners" have reached a reasonable compromise on copy protection standards. These standards have to comply with guidelines set by CBDTPA, including being reliable, resistant to attack, upgradable, and not too expensive.

    As an incentive for these negotiators to reach a deal, the FCC must send an interim progress report to Congress six months after the law is enacted, while the process is still underway.

    After one year has elapsed, if the FCC concludes a reasonable agreement has been reached, the agency will approve the standards and give them the force of law. Otherwise the FCC will come up with its own standards.

    One bright spot for free software advocates: Any software that implements the standards must be "based on open source code." Hardware copy-protection schemes can remain proprietary.

    It does say the final "encoding rules" should take into account fair-use rights, such as making backup copies or reproducing short excerpts from books, songs, or movies. Copies of TV broadcasts made for one-time personal use at home are also permitted.

    But the CBDTPA also says that with those two exceptions, owners of digital content can encode their "directions" for use, copying and reproduction.

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    Well looks like i just copied this article.

    Links:
    http://www.wired.com/news/politics/0,1283,51245,00.html
    http://digitalmass.boston.com/news/2...rp_disney.html
    http://www.politechbot.com/docs/cbdt...se.032102.html

    What Hollings has to say about this:
    http://www.politechbot.com/docs/cbdt...se.032102.html

    http://slashdot.org/articles/02/03/2....shtml?tid=103

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    Well I guess it time to buy an extra cd burner and stock up on CD-RW Cd's.

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    that does it for mr, it IS time to get thes *******s out of office and put people in who believe in amer ppl not amer biz$

    http://www.lp.org/issues/internet.html

    http://www.lp.org/lp-golden-key.html

    http://www.lp.org/lpnews/0204/resolution.html
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    I have never heard of the Libertarian Party. But, they just received a new follower. Thanks Tedob1 for the enlightenment.

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    btw does anyone, have any idea how they could enforce this? And would you be able to make a type of container program?
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    they've been around for quite awhile, they always seemed kinda lame to me (live & learn). the only thing i ever had against them was rush limbaugh

    I dont think anyone will be working on a work-around, until we find out exectly what it is we have to work around.....(???)
    Bukhari:V3B48N826 “The Prophet said, ‘Isn’t the witness of a woman equal to half of that of a man?’ The women said, ‘Yes.’ He said, ‘This is because of the deficiency of a woman’s mind.’”

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    i find it necessary to post again, this realy pisses me off. this law is really an insult to us all, when i 'buy something i should be able to do what i want with it, if i chose to rip all my favorite songs off all my cd's and play only what i like on an mp3 player in the car or anywhere its my right, its mine. if i want to trade with my friends, why can't i. if im selling copyed material, then ive crossed the line and deserve to be prosecuted.
    this law is like banned the mfg of overcoats with inside pockets because it could help someone shoplift.

    /me thinks some people in washington have inside pockets that need to be watched a little closer.
    Bukhari:V3B48N826 “The Prophet said, ‘Isn’t the witness of a woman equal to half of that of a man?’ The women said, ‘Yes.’ He said, ‘This is because of the deficiency of a woman’s mind.’”

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