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Senate Committee considers hardware copy controls

Written by Petteri Pyyny (Google+) @ 28 Feb 2002 11:56

U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation has told that it plans to hold hearings on a proposed bill that would require hardware manufacturers to include copy control mechanisms to all new hardware.
Obviously the movie and recording industry groups have praised the proposed bill, because they haven't found any reasonable methods so far to block illegal copying of their works (some might say that they haven't really tried to find alternatives..). Meanwhile, consumer groups and civil liberties groups such as EFF have opposed the new bill saying that it gives too much control for government and copyright owners over users' legally purchased equipment.

Witnesses to attend the hearing include technology companies and content owners like Disney, Intel, etc.

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