Think DMCA was bad? Here comes SSSCA!
Published by marco on
An article at EE Times details a bill coming to Congress soon. This new bill pushed onto the floor of Congress by big players (MPAA with Disney and Fox in the lead), will force any company making a digital device to install hardware-level copyright protection. Let me clarify. That means any American company. In an already struggling economy, this is not a good idea. Who’s going to buy these devices? Probably a lot of people. Will they know that they’ve been crippled? Not until it’s too late. Will they want it to do more? Sure. After a couple of years, those will be distant, faded memories, though. As Bruce Schneier puts it:
<q>Copy protection doesn’t work, period,“ said Bruce Schneier … “The only hope the media companies have is to push the protection into the hardware. This works marginally better. Hence, the new bill.” … “the entertainment industry is trying to turn your computer into an Internet entertainment console, where they, not you, have control over your hardware and software.</q>
In the language of the bill itself: