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Think DMCA was bad? Here comes SSSCA!

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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:

<q>[It will be] unlawful to manufacture, import, offer to the public, provide or otherwise traffic in any interactive digital device that does not include and utilize certified security technologies that adhere to the security system standards.</q>