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SJ Mercury: Coalition makes concession on CPRM anti-piracy technology

Jan 05, 2001, 14:17 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dawn C. Chmielewski)

"After an outcry from privacy advocates, a group of leading computer hardware makers has agreed to give consumers the right to turn off a controversial new copy-protection feature on computer hard drives. The technology, developed by an IBM-lead consortium called 4C, would prevent consumers from making copies of music or movies without the permission of the record label or studio that holds the rights."

"You shall be back in control of your computer -- you can make the decision about whether you want Hollywood stuff coming to your computer or not," said Andre Hedrick, a Linux guru and storage industry consultant who said he negotiated the concession as a member of the national standards body that sets protocols for hard drives."

"The latest concession from 4C doesn't go far enough to restoring the balance, said EFF co-founder John Gilmore. "This technology doesn't belong in disk drives at all," said Gilmore. "I think consumers should have the right to control their own disk drives and what they put on them -- that control shouldn't be abrogated to the manufacturers of hard drives."

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