"Last week too, Intel's Chuck Molloy promised - 13 days after we
broke the story - that the 4C Entity wouldn't license CPRM for use
on fixed devices. ... However Hedrick now suggests that we may have
something firmer to go on than an Intel promise. Although last
week's counter-proposal has been bounced, says Hedrick, a modified
version of his scheme explicitly differentiates between fixed and
removable ATA drives."
"Hedrick says this would entail CPRM going into ATA subsets used
for removable media such as IBM microdrives, memory sticks ...
which IBM and Intel have insisted all along is what they wanted to
achieve. So it looks like it could be a compromise that may be
acceptable to the powerful entertainment lobby."
"But hold on, we're not out of the woods quite yet. With
CPRM implemented on removable drives, users would still need access
to their keys when moving, copying or deleting their CPRM-enabled
data: dependent on the permissions set by the media "owner".
So much as today, you'd better keep that DVD or music CD disc in a
safe place. And that goes for backups containing CPRM'd files,