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RIAA joins forces with HP and Intel to oppose MPAA's bill?

Written by Petteri Pyyny (Google+) @ 14 Jan 2003 13:00 User comments (2)

RIAA joins forces with HP and Intel to oppose MPAA's bill? According to Wall Street Journal, the music industry association RIAA is about to join almighty technology companies, led by Intel, HP and Microsoft, to oppose so-called Hollings' bill which is strongly supported by the movie industry association MPAA.
The reasoning behind RIAA's possible decision to do so is not clear, since the Hollings bill basically would make it absolutely, totally illegal to copy or backup copyrighted material in the United States and would require hardware and software manufacturers to implement blocks to make it reality.

The addition of the other major immaterial industry against the proposed bill might be fatal to bill's future, since MPAA and RIAA are pretty much equal in size in terms of lobbying power and revenue.

Source: The Inquirer

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2 user comments

115.1.2003 9:57

wow.. is this the ever classic trojan horse move by the RIAA or is the RIAA sick of getting hacked.?.? haha.. aiy peace and ALWAYS REMEMBER: "knowledge is power, spread the power" or you'll have the RIAA and MPAA telling us what we cna listen to and what we can't..

216.1.2003 3:03

I thought the RIAA were the same as the MPAA in terms of preventing piracy from all the sueing they have done, but I didn't expect anything like this to appear! Maybe there is some sense in the RIAA that the MPAA don't have. While they are joing forces with BSA ( Source: The Inquirer), another anti piracy company to appose the MPAA's bill, I'd understand why BSA would appose this anyway. The BSA relies on companies to illegally use software, so they can make money by sueing them of couse. If it does unlikely happen that the MPAA's bill goes ahead and all piracy stops, no companies will be able to make pirated copies and thus, how are the BSA going to make profit if they cannot sue companies for piracy? Oops. The same goes with AntiVirus companies. With other hardware manufacturers, the overhead in licensing government approaved DRM technologies will be very expensive and make their products unattractive to their customers. In the end, the MPAA's bill will benefit themselves and government's, but will be a just a much bigger hit on the already failing IT companies.

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