FC: Senate hearing on Thursday will weigh mandatory copy controls

From: Declan McCullagh (declanat_private)
Date: Wed Feb 27 2002 - 08:26:05 PST

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    Witness list for Thursday's hearing:
    Draft text of Sen. Hollings' SSSCA:
    Politech SSSCA archive:
       Digital Security Fomenting a Feud
       By Declan McCullagh (declanat_private)
       2:00 a.m. Feb. 27, 2002 PST
       WASHINGTON -- A Senate committee is stepping into the middle of an
       increasingly vocal spat over the future of technology: how to prevent
       illicit copying of digital content.
       On Thursday morning, Senate Commerce chairman Fritz Hollings (D-South
       Carolina) will convene a hearing on digital copy protection, which he
       believes should be embedded in nearly all PCs and consumer electronic
       The witness list for Thursday's event includes Walt Disney Chairman
       Michael Eisner, Intel Vice President Leslie Vadasz and Motion Picture
       Association of America President Jack Valenti.
       Hollings' spokesman, Andy Davis, says the hearing is meant to discuss
       whether the government must step in and mandate standards -- which
       Hollywood believes will allow movies to be distributed safely online,
       spur high-speed Internet access, and boost hardware sales. The idea is
       opposed by many technology firms, programmers and open-source
       "The technology community doesn't want any standards regardless of
       what form they take. There's an impasse that needs to be bridged if we
       want to create broadband services and increase consumer demand for
       those services," Davis said on Tuesday.
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