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ComputerWorld: Committee to vote on controversial data copying standard

Mar 01, 2001, 23:40 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Margret Johnston)

"Paper ballots were sent out today to all 24 members of a technical committee that's working on a controversial standard for preventing the copying and unauthorized distribution of protected data stored on removable media devices...."

"IBM and its allies wanted to introduce base-level instructions in ATA that would let peripheral manufacturers implement a technology called Content Protection for Recordable Media (CPRM), an algorithm that's compliant with a secure digital music initiative supported by major record companies...."

"Proponents said the changes that the 4C Entity group was seeking were generic ones that would allow vendors to incorporate any type of content protections, not just CPRM. That technology would apply only to ATA-driven removable devices such as Zip drives and flash memory, but not disk drives, they claimed."

"But opponents of the IBM-led proposal contended that CPRM would lead to content protection on hard drives and even create difficulties for users who simply wanted to create backup copies of their data. Karinch said the committee backed the alternative proposal from Phoenix Technologies because it incorporated a more generic approach to functionality."

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