March 29, 2002

U.S. prepares to invade your hard drive has the story: " If you think techies hate Microsoft, try asking them about Hollings -- Sen. Ernest F. 'Fritz' Hollings, that is, the South Carolina Democrat who finally introduced his long-dreaded copy protection bill into Congress last week. If there's an axis of evil for technology, Hollings has made the list.

Hollings' bill, formerly referred to as the SSSCA (Security Systems Standards and Certification Act) but now dubbed the Consumer Broadband and Digital Television Promotion Act (CBDTPA), would require any device that can 'retrieve or access copyrighted works in digital form' to include a federally mandated copy protection system."

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