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http://www.zdnet.com/zdnn/stories/ne...080528,00.html



Technology standards-makers on Monday voted against adding copy-protection support directly into computer hardware, a controversial proposal aiming to smooth adoption of strong anti-piracy safeguards.

The vote had been closely watched by free-speech advocates, hardware makers, Hollywood studios and record labels as a signal of how much control the content and computer industries would have over consumers' use of home PCs.


The defeat of the proposal, which would have been part of a set of standard rules governing computer data storage, makes it less likely that many computer drives will have technology built in to prevent consumers from copying protected files, analysts say. But other technologies will likely take up the slack, they note.

 

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This is interesting because just recently the proposal to add copy protection to OTA HDTV has had some trouble being accepted by Congress. When you look at the 1998 DCMA it does not expressly forbide copying digital signals. It using wording to allow some room for interpertation, specifically the use of home recording, which we enjoy today via the Sony Betamax case.


Maybe Hollywood and Microsoft have taken too much of a draconion attitude towards copy protection and everyone with "power" is starting to realize that all these copy protection schemes are nothing more than a free license to create "monolopies."


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