FC: California's Sen. Feinstein cozies up to SSSCA, anti-copying laws

From: Declan McCullagh (declanat_private)
Date: Fri Mar 15 2002 - 07:36:08 PST

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       Cal Senator: Hollywood Over Tech
       By Declan McCullagh (declanat_private)
       2:00 a.m. March 15, 2002 PST
       WASHINGTON -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein may come from Northern California,
       but she's siding with Hollywood instead of Silicon Valley.
       Feinstein suggested on Thursday that Congress might need to intervene
       in what has become a highly visible tussle between content owners
       worried about online piracy and tech firms that fear intrusive new
       regulations. And since the two-term senator chairs a technology
       subcommittee, she's in a position to turn her views into law.
       At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Feinstein held up a burned CD
       with a pirated version of the movie Shrek that she said an aide had
       downloaded from a peer-to-peer network. "This is Napster times 10,
       because no one can shut these services down," Feinstein warned.
       "Widespread movie piracy is just around the corner."
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