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The Register: T.13 hoses down CPRM fears

Feb 19, 2001, 19:31 (15 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andrew Orlowski)

"A compromise that the 4C Entity hopes will defuse the CPRM controversy could be agreed this week. The second draft of the revised proposal permits copy control mechanisms, but their use may be confined to removable devices. Of course, that's what 4C members (Intel, IBM, Matsushita and Toshiba) insist it was all along - if it wasn't for those pesky facts."

"As the news spread, computer users reacted with outrage, with calls to boycott CPRM-compliant hardware. There was even serious talk among free software developers of boycotting IBM's much vaunted Linux initiatives."

"In advance of the second draft, the T.13 committee has indulged in some ass-covering of its own. It has published an FAQ - the first it's ever produced - on the subject of CPRM on ATA drives. ... "4C has never proposed that CPRM be included in the ATA/ATAPI standard," the document begins. Excuse me? Rather damning evidence to the contrary can be found on the T.13's own website."

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