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CNET Antipiracy efforts spark battle over computer hardware

Mar 25, 2001, 20:03 (15 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Borland)

"A fight over control of computer hardware, fanned by music trading posts such as Napster and Gnutella, is pitting free-speech advocates against some of Silicon Valley's largest companies."

"Powerhouses such as Intel and IBM are taking early steps towardbuilding antipiracy protections for music, videos and software directly into storage drives, memory cards, chips and other hardware parts."

"These technologies, some of which are nearing the marketplace, could block a song or any other digital material from being copied or saved--potentially welcome news to record labels and movie studios."

"Microsoft and others are pursuing the same idea with software, but critics say even the best of these models is likely to be broken or stripped out by dedicated hackers. Hardware-based protections could prove a much stronger layer of protection."

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