FC: Senate Democrats love SSSCA -- but GOP says not so fast

From: Declan McCullagh (declanat_private)
Date: Fri Mar 01 2002 - 08:23:11 PST

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    Politech archive on Sen. Hollings' SSSCA:
    Letter from SSSCA opponents:
    Intel letter to Hollings:
    Draft text of the SSSCA:
       By Declan McCullagh (declanat_private) and Robert Zarate
       2:00 a.m. March 1, 2002 PST
       WASHINGTON -- A Senate debate over embedding copy protection controls
       in all consumer electronic devices took a sharply partisan turn on
       During a packed hearing before the Senate Commerce Committee,
       Democrats appeared far more eager for the government to intervene in
       what has become a highly visible tussle between Silicon Valley, which
       advocates a laissez-faire approach, and the Hollywood firms lobbying
       Congress to step in to prevent piracy.
       "When Congress sits idly by in the face of these activities, we
       essentially sanction the Internet as a haven for thievery," committee
       chairman Fritz Hollings (D-South Carolina) told a panel of witnesses
       that included Walt Disney chairman Michael Eisner, News Corp.
       President Peter Chernin and Intel Executive Vice President Leslie
       "We might need to legislate," said Sen. John Kerry (D-Massachusetts),
       though he emphasized that he would prefer the private sector reach an
       agreement on how to protect copyrighted electronic content.
       "Unfortunately, one issue seems close to an impasse -- how do we keep
       files from being illegally shared and distributed over the Internet?"
       complained Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-California).
       Republicans appeared much more skeptical of the SSSCA -- which is,
       after all, championed by a Democratic committee chairman -- and argued
       legislation would be too interventionist.
       In the 2000 election cycle, the entertainment industry gave Democrats
       a whopping $24.2 million in contributions compared to $13.3 million to
       Republicans, according to figures compiled by opensecrets.org.
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