FC: Consumer Electr. Assn. applauds Rep. Boucher on copyproof CDs

From: Declan McCullagh (declanat_private)
Date: Wed Mar 13 2002 - 14:52:59 PST

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    My article on Rep. Boucher's pledge to regulate copy-protected CDs:
    Politech archive on Rep. Boucher:
    Contact:	Jeff Joseph		or		Jenny Miller
    CEA							CEA
    tel: (703) 907-7664				tel: (703) 907-7079
    e-mail: jjosephat_private				e-mail: jmillerat_private
    CEA Supports Rep. Boucher's Repeated Commitment to Consumer Fair Use
    Arlington, Va., March 13, 2002 - Responding to a statement issued
    today by Representative Rick Boucher (D-VA) concerning the
    proliferation of copy protected compact discs (CDs), Consumer
    Electronics Association President and CEO Gary Shapiro said the
    "We commend Representative Boucher for his attention to this important
    consumer issue.  The ability to use a lawfully purchased CD to make
    compilations or transfer music to other devices is a time-honored
    consumer right and must be preserved as technology advances.
    The deployment of copy-protected CD's threatens to unilaterally
    eliminate Americans' fair use right to noncommercial audio home
    recording.  The fact that these copy protected CD's will not play on
    many legacy players already in the home and on CD players today on the
    retail shelf, combined with the lack of adequate labeling, will
    inevitably lead to confused, frustrated and no doubt angry consumers.
    Manufacturers also are concerned about possible audio quality
    degradation in these copy protected CD's that will result in sub par
    sound that consumers pay for and have a right to expect when they
    purchase a CD.
    We urge Rep. Boucher and other members of Congress to move forward in
    ensuring that America's non-commercial home recording rights are
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