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wSunday, September 08, 2002

SC Sen. Hollings wants a Cop in Your PC

"We are committed to protecting your intellectual property
...but we are not committed to protecting your business model."
--ITIC President Rhett Dawson to MPAA Lobbyist

South Carolina Senator Ernest Hollings (not Green, not Libertarian, not Republican), chairman of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, has circulated a legislative draft that has come to be known as "the Hollings draft". It gives tech firms one year to develop anti-copying "policeware," and if they don't, they'll be subject to criminal penalties.

So Republocrat Senator Ernest Hollings (not Green, not Libertarian) want's to put "Big Brother" in our PC's, which isn't too surprising, considering he has already taken $27,000 in campaign funding from the entertainment industry lobby so far this election cycle. Ah, well, I guess it's good that once You buy this Congresssman, he stays long as You keep up the progress payments. I must observe, as a Carolinian (North, not South) I am ashamed of this narrowmined Dixiecrat and his willingness to undermine my Right to Bear Silicon. He probably doesn't care though...I've never donated a dime to him.

Drew Clark and Bara Vaida have written an article in the National Journal, "Digital Divide," which details the current struggle between the Information Technology industry and Hollywood. It's a good read.

I noticed that the National Journal is a subscription site, but that the above-linked story is available without subscription. In examining the links on the page, most point back to within the National Journal site. I did find a few useful ones to external sources, though. I've listed them at the bottom of this entry.

If You don't like the idea of a Policeman built in to Your computer, preventing You from making backup copies of items, or compilations of music for Your "Fair Use" enjoyment, then go to PetionOnline and sign the petition against this idiotic legislation. (The text link goes right there, clicking the image at right will do it in a new browser window.)

Related Links to National Journal Story


Drew Clark

Bara Vaida

Related Links:

Electronic Frontier Foundation Intellectual Property And Copyright Archive

Jonathan Zittrain and Benjamin Edelman Report On Internet Filtering

ACLU Site On "Cyber-Liberties"

Motion Picture Association of America Position On Anti-Piracy

Senate Commerce Committee Hearings

Senate Judiciary Committee On "Protecting Creative Works in a Digital Age"

1984 Supreme Court On Sony Corp. v. Universal City Studios

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