"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."