[ISN] Firm attacks digital pirates

From: mea culpa (jerichoat_private)
Date: Thu Sep 24 1998 - 12:02:21 PDT

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    Five firms attack digital pirates
    By Reuters
    Special to CNET News.com
    September 24, 1998, 9:20 a.m. PT
    Five leading electronics makers said today they have started licensing a
    method they've developed to protect copyrighted content transferred over
    digital interfaces from illegal copying. 
    The five firms are Hitachi, Intel, Matsushita Electric Industrial, Sony,
    and Toshiba. 
    The Digital Transmission Licensing Administrator, an independent licensing
    authority formed by the five firms, started licensing the Digital
    Transmission Content Protection (DTCP)  method to interested businesses
    yesterday, the group said in a statement. 
    A Matsushita spokesman said the increasing popularity of digital
    electronics products gave rise to the need to protect digital contents
    transferred between electronic devices such as personal computers, DVD
    players and set-top boxes. 
    In February 1996, the five companies presented the DTCP method to the Copy
    Protection Technical Working Group, an ad-hoc, cross-industry body
    organized to evaluate content protection technologies, the statement said. 
    They formed the authority in June 1998 to simplify licensing procedures
    and promote swift acceptance of the DTCP method by content providers,
    electronics makers and broadcast service providers, the statement said. 
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