FC: Rep. Rick Boucher wants Congress to regulate copy-protected CDs

From: Declan McCullagh (declanat_private)
Date: Thu Mar 07 2002 - 10:53:42 PST

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    Previous Politech messages:
    "More on Rep. Boucher's nastygram and copy-protected CDs"
    "Rep. Boucher sends nastygram to music firms re: copy-protected CDs"
    And, more recently:
      WASHINGTON -- The U.S. music industry will continue to experiment with
      controversial copy-protected CDs, according to the Recording Industry
      Association of America.
       House Rep's Rap: Unshackle the CD
       By Declan McCullagh (declanat_private)
       2:00 a.m. March 7, 2002 PST
       WASHINGTON -- Music CDs equipped with copy protection will, if Rick
       Boucher gets his wish, soon be as obsolete as eight-track cassettes.
       The feisty Democratic congressman from Virginia says he plans to
       introduce legislation banning, or at least regulating, compact discs
       outfitted with anti-copying technology.
       Few discs sold in America currently feature the controversial scheme
       -- but the recording industry expects that as worries over digital
       piracy grow, the technique will become widespread.
       "Suffice to say, there probably will be a legislative response to
       ensure that consumer rights will be protected," Boucher said in an
       Boucher's complaints are twofold: Americans may not know they're
       buying crippled discs, and that the new discs don't work on all
       players. "The big problem initially is that consumers have no
       information that is complete and reliable about the disabilities which
       attend copy-protected CDs," Boucher said. "These CDs will not play in
       DVD players, not play on personal computers (and) not even play on all
       CD players."
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