FC: Sen. Hollings introduces SSSCA -- now renamed the CBDTPA

From: Declan McCullagh (declanat_private)
Date: Thu Mar 21 2002 - 16:48:20 PST

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       Copy Protection Bill Introduced
       By Declan McCullagh (declanat_private)
       3:20 p.m. March 21, 2002 PST
       WASHINGTON -- Sen. Fritz Hollings has fired the first shot in the next
       legal battle over Internet piracy.
       The Democratic senator from South Carolina finally has introduced his
       copy protection legislation, ending over six months of anticipation
       and sharpening what has become a heated debate between Hollywood and
       Silicon Valley.
       The bill, called the Consumer Broadband and Digital Television
       Promotion Act (CBDTPA), prohibits the sale of any kind of electronic
       device -- unless that device includes copy-protection standards to be
       set by the federal government.
       Translation: Future MP3 players, PCs, and handheld computers will no
       longer let you make all the copies you want.
       "A lack of security has enabled significant copyright piracy which
       drains America's content industries to the tune of billions of dollars
       every year," Hollings, the powerful chairman of the Senate Commerce
       committee, said in a statement on Thursday.
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