April 8, 2002

Copyright's next chapter: Latest legislation tries to control the technology itself

The San Francisco Chronicle has a story on the proposed Consumer Broadband and Digital Television Promotion Act of 2002. The bill "would give the entertainment and technology industries up to 18 months to agree to a technological standard that would halt the spread of unauthorized copying of digital video and audio.

The bill would require this on any 'digital media device' -- any hardware or software that reproduces, converts, retrieves or accesses copyrighted works in digital form. Penalties for altering the standard would be $200 to $2,500 per violation."

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