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Linux Journal: SSSCA Is "Dead on Arrival"

Jan 09, 2002, 18:39 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Don Marti)
"Rep. Darrell Issa, a member of the US House of Representatives' Judiciary Committee, said that Sen. Fritz Hollings' controversial Security Systems Standards and Certification Act (SSSCA) is 'dead on arrival in Judiciary.'

Speaking to Embedded Linux Journal at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas today, the California Republican said he is opposed to the bill, which would establish a government-mandated copy restriction system for all digital devices. Any House version of the SSSCA would have to go through the Judiciary Committee, with another committee possibly holding hearings as well, he said.

'Can the private sector deliver encryption? Of course they can. It's a choice that people make,' Rep. Issa said. He called SSSCA 'a bite at the apple that we've already consumed.' The 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) explicitly did not require devices to honor copy restriction systems."

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