"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
"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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