[ISN] Proposed Legislation Significantly Affecting Computer Profession

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Date: Thu Oct 04 2001 - 01:03:37 PDT

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    Date: Wed, 3 Oct 2001 14:13:27 -0700 (PDT)
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    Subject: Proposed Legislation Significantly Affecting Computer Profession
    The USENIX Board of Directors has decided to alert our membership that
    bills pending before the U.S. Congress or in committee appear to have a
    detrimental impact on computer professionals. 
    We are most concerned about aspects of two proposed bills, the
    Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) and the Security Systems Standards and
    Certification Act (SSSCA), and how they interact with existing legislation
    such as the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and the Digital Millennium
    Copyright Act.  The ATA redefines virtually all computer crime as
    terrorism, enlarges the maximum penalty to life in prison without parole,
    allows broad pre-conviction seizures, and, furthermore, does this
    retroactively, removing the existing statute of limitations.  The SSSCA
    essentially mandates copyright protection in all digital consumer devices
    and makes disabling or avoidance of copyright mechanisms a felony offense. 
    More information about these and related issues can be found at: 
    Similar legislation is being considered in other jurisdictions including
    Canada and some states. 
    If you believe that provisions of these or similar acts are inappropriate,
    we strongly encourage you to contact your elected representatives as soon
    as possible and register your opinions. 
    			The USENIX Board of Directors
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