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The Register: Linux lead slams 'pay per read' disk drive plan

Dec 22, 2000, 14:00 (29 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andrew Orlowski)

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"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."

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