"Alan Cox, number two on the Linux kernel team, has batted
back copyright proposals mooted for the next revision of the
industry-standard ATA hardware spec."
"As revealed by The Register, plans are being drawn up for
copyright protection to be placed into the hard drives used by PCs,
digital media players such as TiVo and Replay, and MP3 players such
as Creative Labs' Nomad device."
"The proposed extensions to the ATA specification brand hard
disks with a unique identifier, and make moving and copying signed
files dependent on the media provider."