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Intellectual "Property" in the Digital Age
Frank Field
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How the SSSCA was submitted to the Senate (S.2084) - March 21, 2002.

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-REC A Fence Too Far
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Law.com; Roger Parloff; May 16, 2002. "Though my guess is that creators can adequately protect their digital wares without legislation of this sort, if events should prove me wrong, the Hollings legislation should still be defeated. If controlling digital property requires government intervention on this scale, then there should be no such control. Digital technology will have rebuffed the legal system's attempts to tame it, anti-protectionists will have won the war, and it will be time for protectionists like me to raise the white flag. We can't imperil everyone's freedom and prosperity in a quixotic quest. The game has to end somewhere."
It appears that Law.com has made this article hard to find - I'll keep working on it.....
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-REC Another Punch for Copy Protection
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Wired.com; Declan McCullagh; March 28, 2002. "A Democratic legislator from the home of the Walt Disney and Warner Bros. studios is drafting a bill to reduce online piracy by implanting strict copy controls in digital devices....
On Wednesday, Rep. Adam Schiff of Burbank, California, circulated a letter on Capitol Hill seeking co-sponsors for his legislation, which he said would follow the same approach as the Consumer Broadband and Digital Television Promotion Act (CBDTPA) in the Senate." The battle heats up - it will be interesting to see the Republican response. Slashdot discussion: CBDTPA Finds A Champion in the House
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-REC Battle royale over piracy
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ZDNet - Their summary page covering the emerging issues in piracy on the net and elswhere.
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-REC Congressional Record; Introduction of S.2048
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Thomas.loc.gov; p. 2269 et seq.; March 21, 2002. Referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation (not Judiciary). You have to do the search, and I can't construct the cgi query for you. This takes you to a search page - specify Senator Fritz Hollings, the text 2048, and the date 03/21/2002 (The 107th Congress). You'll get two hits. The PDF version - This link embeds the Thomas query and is purported to always work.
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-REC Democrats vs. New Media
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Tech Central Station: Tech; Glenn Harlan Reynolds, March 27, 2002. A little more on the wedge issue - "If the Republicans have any sense, they'll be making an issue of this in the next elections, painting the Democrats as hypocrites who have sold out to Hollywood, and who are trying to reach, Big Brother-like, into the hearts of American televisions and computers. But even if they don't, a lot of Web denizens will be saying it, and it's likely to have a lot of resonance. Because it's true."
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-REC Tech execs help Hollywood fight piracy
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ZDNet News; John Borland; July 15, 2002. CNet version

Technology executives said Monday that they're ready to work with Hollywood to prevent piracy but they're concerned that studios' efforts could undermine file-swapping technology.

In a joint missive to studio chiefs, signed by Microsoft's Steve Ballmer, Intel's Craig Barrett, Dell Computer's Michael Dell and others, technology CEOs said they were ready to sit down with movie industry representatives to discuss anti-piracy issues--but only if the studios agree that technology can't solve all their problems.

With several conditions attached, the letter represented only a qualified olive branch extended toward the studios, which have criticized technology companies for turning a blind eye to Net piracy.

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-REC Ted Waitt: Defender of downloads
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ZDNet News; Charles Cooper; May 29, 2002.

If he finds himself dining at Spago anytime soon, Gateway CEO Ted Waitt isn't likely to receive any bear hugs from the Hollywood moguls who favor this perennial Los Angeles hot spot.

That's because Gateway's chief executive officer finds himself on the other side of a bitter digital divide from the entertainment industry over the issue of digital music downloads. Throw in an opportunity for a grandstanding politician or two, and you have the makings of a grand donnybrook.

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-REC The Voice of Hollywood Shows Signs of Cracking
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Los Angeles Times; Edmund Sanders; April 29, 2002. "When an influential U.S. senator introduced legislation last month to help entertainment companies block unauthorized downloading of movies and music, the Motion Picture Assn. of America--the official voice of major Hollywood studios--dutifully presented a united front and endorsed the bill.
... Behind the scenes, however, the carefully crafted statement of support was the subject of painstaking negotiations, bickering and a flurry of tense meetings and conference calls by the companies' chief Washington lobbyists, who were anything but united. "
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-REC U.S. prepares to invade your hard drive
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Salon; Paul Boutin; March 29, 2002. "A bill before Congress would mandate built-in copy-protection on all digital devices. But even technology experts who really want to protect intellectual property think it's a lousy idea."
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-'This Is War'
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Fortune.com; Devin Leonard; May 27, 2002. "Should the computer industry protect Hollywood from digital theft? The guns are drawn." This is an article that misses the point of the conflict, but certainly summarizes the depth of feeling on both sides.
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-A Fence Too Far:Why government regulators must recognize the difference between a computer and a VCR
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Law.com; Roger Parloff; April 29, 2002.
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-Anti-Copy Bill Hits D.C.
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Wired.com; Declan McCullagh; March 21, 2002. Here we go. Slashdot discussion here: SSSCA Introduced in Senate with LOTS of links on this story as it breaks
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-Anti-Copy Bill Slams Coders
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Wired.com; Declan McCullagh; MArch 22, 2002. "Legal experts said on Friday that the CBDTPA regulates nearly any program, in source or object code, that runs on a PC or anything else with a microprocessor.
That's not just Windows media players and their brethren, as you might expect. The CBDTPA's sweeping definition of "any hardware or software" includes word processors, spreadsheets, operating systems, compilers, programming languages -- all the way down to humble Unix utilities like "cp" and "cat."
"The definition will cover just about anything that runs on your computer -- except maybe the clock," said Tom Bell, a professor at Chapman University School of Law who teaches intellectual property law." A pretty bleak look, of course. But the start of a nasty debate, perhaps.
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-Bill takes wrong approach on copyright piracy
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SiliconValley.com; David Hayes of the Kansas City Star; March 26, 2002.
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-Consumers squeezed in battle between Hollywood, Silicon Valley
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SFGate; Simon Avery, AP Wire; June 30, 2002.

For years, consumers and electronics manufacturers have had an unwritten agreement.

Shoppers keep spending billions of dollars to upgrade their gadgetry, knowing their investments will quickly become outdated.

In return, the makers of computers, TV accessories and audio devices keep innovating, bringing consumers greater value and selection.

But widespread piracy in the music and film industries is threatening to short-circuit that arrangement.

In an aggressive effort to protect their content, film studios and record labels have helped draft legislation that would require electronic equipment makers to build products that limit online distribution while preventing consumers from making multiple versions of copyrighted material.

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-Content, tech industries debate digital copy protection
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InfoWorld; Cara Garretson; June 13, 2002.

Mix the thundering clash of two huge U.S. industries with the threat of government intervention and the potential for consumer rights violations, and what do you get? The debate over digital copy protection that is playing out in Hollywood, Silicon Valley and, most recently, Washington, D.C.

Following numerous congressional hearings on the issue over the past few months, public policy group the Cato Institute hosted a panel discussion here Wednesday morning on whether technological controls should be put in place to protect copyright digital content, such as music and movies, from illegal copying and distribution. As expected, representatives of the technology industry disagreed with content company executives over who is responsible for safeguarding digital works.

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-Copy protection controversy hits Senate
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ZDNet News; John Borland; MArch 22, 2002. "A controversial bill that would ultimately require computer and consumer-electronics companies to build copyright-protection technology into their products was finally introduced in the U.S. Senate on Thursday." With a little more background on Hollings rather complex position in re: broadband (he was part of the opposition to recent moves to deregulate it) and reader comments.
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-Copyright [CBDTPA] Bill Universally Rejected
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Slashdot.org; April 10, 2002. An article is cited stating that the Judiciary Committee did not receive a single comment in favor of the CBDTPA. With community discussion.
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-Digital copyright bill may dumb down the PC
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EE Times; Dickson Ross; May 24, 2002. 'Intel Corp. says PCs could be turned into “dumb terminals” if a bill on digital copyright now before the U.S. Congress is passed.' Some are not so sure that Intel is on the right side of this discussion, despite what this article says.
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-Digital rights management no cure-all, execs say
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InfoWorld; Cara Garretson; June 6, 2002.An interesting juxtaposition with the recent BPDG report.

DESPITE the promise of digital rights management (DRM) technology to protect copyright works, software executives on Wednesday told members of the U.S. House of Representatives there is no silver bullet to stopping Internet piracy.

The industry executives who testified before a Judiciary subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property, chaired by North Carolina Republican Howard Coble, also told the congressmen that the government should not mandate the use of such technology, as some proposed legislation has suggested.

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-Does it take hardware to repel pirates?
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ZDNet News; Robert Lemos; March 22, 2002. Microsoft steps into the fray - and not on a side that one would expect. '"Every single device has to be secure," said Darko Kirovski, a researcher studying watermarking and security technologies at Microsoft Research. "If one device is not secure, then this (digital content protection) doesn't work."' CPRM raises its head...again.
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-DRM hardware law gets new life, new name
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The Register; Thomas C. Greene; March 22, 2002. A typically sardonic look: "A piece of legislation proposed by Hollywood sock puppet Sen. Fritz Hollings (Democrat, South Carolina) requiring all electronic devices to contain copy-protection has finally been introduced, after being renamed to sound like something positive."
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-Everyone hates SSSCA, CBDPTA in comments to Senate Judiciary panel
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kuro5hin.org; March 23, 2002. A community discussion.
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-Gilmore On Hardware-Restricted Content
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Slashdot; May 12, 2002. A discussion of a posting of a message by John Gilmore (EFF) on the CBDTPA and related legislation/regulation - focusing on why Intel should not "cave in" to the current push.
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-Guard Copyrights, Don't Jail Innovation
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Business Week; Alex Salkever; March 27, 2002. "Senator Hollings' call for hardware-embedded anticopying measures is the last thing consumers and the entertainment industry need "
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-Hollings Howls Will Have To Wait
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Wired.com; Declan McCullagh; March 30, 2002. Sen. Leahy says "No way!" this year for the CBDTPA. Slashdot discussion: CBDTPA / SSSCA Won't Be Passed This Year, Say Leahy
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-Hollings Press Release Upon Introduction of the CBDTPA
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PoliTechBot; Declan McCullagh's Site - chilling text
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-Howling Mad Over Hollings' Bill
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Wired.com; Brad King; March 28, 2002. "Millions of people have networked their stereos, computers and television sets to take relaxation to a new level, but a proposed law could make those networks useless." "Along with upsetting the 2 million people who have already purchased digital television sets, the bill also wipes away many of the legal uses people have become accustomed to, Petricone said. The CEA is also averse to adding taxes onto the cost of new devices that could be used to pay entertainment companies, something the Audio Home Recording Act forced on portable MP3 makers."
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-More Details on the CBDTPA
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Slashdot.org; March 22, 2002. Links, comments, etc.
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-MS denounces Hollywood DRM Jihad
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The Register; Thomas C. Greene; June 6, 2002. How's that for an inflammatory title?

Microsoft has come out against the schemes and dreams of the entertainment industry with a position essay criticizing any notion of the government's mandating technical standards for content protection as Hollywood wants.

The authors clearly have in mind proposed legislation by Fritz "Hollywood" Hollings (Democrat, South Carolina) originally called the Security Systems Standards and Certification Act (SSSCA), recently renamed the Consumer Broadband and Digital Television Promotion Act (CBDTPA) to conceal it's [sic] proscriptive anti-consumer, and anti-tech industry nature.

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-Piracy-prevention bill sparks hot debate
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ZDNet News; Stefanie Olson; March 25, 2002. "Several government and industry leaders this weekend criticized proposed legislation that calls on hardware makers to help protect Hollywood's interests, saying lawmakers should not decide the tech industry's "winners and losers."
Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash.; Les Vadasz, president of Intel Capital; Mitch Kapor, chairman of the Open Source Applications Foundation; and Hilary Rosen, CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America, engaged in a lively, sometimes heated, debate on recently proposed government controls on digital media devices. They met Sunday in an opening panel discussion at PC Forum, an annual technology conference hosted by author and technology pundit Esther Dyson. "
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-Protecting Creative Works in a Digital Age
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Senate Judiciary Committee BBS. Fun to read in the wake of the CBDTPA - many comments
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-Seeking Arguments Against the CBDTPA?
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Slashdot.org; April 4, 2002. Some really good points are made in the comments, and some letters from Congresspersons are quoted.
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-Senator Introduces Long-Awaited Digital Piracy Bill
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New York Times; Reuters; March 21, 2002. "Co-sponsors include Republican Ted Stevens of Alaska, and Democrats Daniel Inouye of Hawaii, John Breaux of Louisiana, Bill Nelson of Florida, and Dianne Feinstein of California."
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-Singing Cow To Attack CBDTPA
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Slashdot.org; APril 11, 2002. Gateway is getting ready to take on the CDBTPA on the consumer front - links, commentary
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-Tech on the defensive in piracy brawl
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ZDNet News; John Borland; March 27, 2002. "It's not quite open warfare between Hollywood and Silicon Valley, but the peace talks aren't looking good.
... The next several months will be a critical test for technology companies navigating rocky political waters. They're relative newcomers, although powerful ones, to Washington inner circles. The entertainment industry, by contrast, has long been among the most generous donors to political campaigns, with influential lobbying forces.
Some insiders say big tech's political inexperience has already put the industry in catch-up mode. "
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-The CBDTPA Site on PoliTechBot
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PoliTechBot - A collection of releases, etc. assembled by Declan McCullagh.
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-The EFF WWW Page on SSSCA/CBDTPA
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Electronic Frontier Foundataion
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-What Hollings' Bill Would Do
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Wired.com; Declan McCullagh; March 22, 2002. A primer on what the bill includes.
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-White House Cool to Hollings' Act
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Wired.com; Declan McCullagh; April 27, 2002. "James Rogan , the Commerce Department's undersecretary for intellectual property, has expressed mild skepticism about a bill championed by Senate Commerce chairman Fritz Hollings (D-South Carolina)." slashdot discussion: Commerce Department Cool to CBDTPA
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