"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."