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May 2002, Week 4


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"Allan D. Campbell" <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 28 May 2002 11:28:49 -0500
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Proposed regulations to inconvenience just about anyone:
An excerpt:  "The 'Content Protection Status Report' points to future where
innovation and fair use rights are sacrificed on copyright's altar, where
entertainment companies become de facto regulators of new technologies,
deciding which mathematical instructions are mandatory and which are
    "The first part of the document details the efforts of the Broadcast
Protection Discussion Group (BPDG), which will release its final standard
for the regulation of digital media technology at the end of May. The BPDG's
standard would ban the production of digital television devices that had not
been approved by three Hollywood studios. Approved devices will only
interoperate with other approved devices.  The combination of legal
restrictions on digital television devices and licensing restrictions on the
computer technologies they can interface with gives Hollywood an absolute
veto over all new digital media technology without the need for unpopular,
sweeping legislation like Senator Hollings's Consumer Broadband and Digital
Television Promotion Act (CBDTPA)."

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