FC: Music-tech industry truce's impact may be limited

From: Declan McCullagh (declanat_private)
Date: Wed Jan 15 2003 - 06:40:03 PST

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       Copyright truce excludes key voices
       By Declan McCullagh
       January 15, 2003, 4:00 AM PT
       WASHINGTON--The key detail about a digital-copyright agreement
       announced here on Tuesday was who was not in the room at the time. 
       The peace accord was designed to show a unified front linking the
       Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and a pair of
       computer industry groups, thus persuading Congress that new
       regulations are unnecessary. But absent from the press conference were
       influential lobbyists who have been far more aggressive--and who show
       no signs of relenting.
       Take the Motion Picture Association of America, which worked with Sen.
       Fritz Hollings, D-S.C., to craft a bill that would require implanting
       copy-protection technology in PCs and consumer-electronics devices. [...]
       That's why MPAA President Jack Valenti says he's not about to sign a
       truce. "We are not prepared to abandon the option of seeking technical
       protection measures via the Congress or appropriate regulatory
       agency," Valenti said [...]
       [ remainder at http://news.com.com/2100-1023-980671.html ]
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