National Journal: Digital Dilemma
Aug 05, 2001, 16:30 (8 Talkback[s])
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This article is written for a nontechnical inside-the-Beltway
readership, and focuses on possible changes to copyright law. The
emphasis is on lobbying and political issues, including the battle
between Microsoft and Hollywood. It also mentions Edward Felten and
the 2600 case, and it alludes to the Sklyarov case.
Neil Munro and Drew Clark write:
"[Disney President Bob] Iger says he is confident that
consumers' desire for Hollywood's products will eventually force
the firms to install the 'anti-circumvention' gear. The market
'opportunity will be so vast that the [electronics firms] will see
the opportunity for themselves as well,' he said."
"Disney has already persuaded Senate Commerce Committee Chairman
Ernest F. Hollings, D-S.C., to consider supporting its approach in
exchange for backing Hollings's bill on Internet privacy."
"Iger dismissed any plan that would require Disney or other
content owners to buy protection from Microsoft and other companies
with a share of their movie revenues: 'Forget it. I don't think the
providers of content are going to allow that to occur.'"
"[Business Software Alliance] President Robert Holleyman,
focuses on the growing problem of digital copying via the Internet.
'The challenge is, in addition to private enforcement actions ...
we definitely need at least two, three times the effort [from the
FBI and local governments] we have now, for starters,' Holleyman
said. If that does not happen, he believes, 'legitimate business
will not survive on the Internet.'"
"[Rep. Rick] Boucher [D-Va.] expects support from the copyright
industry for his digital-music bill, but he certainly won't get it
for his next effort: repealing the criminal sanctions for cracking
encryption so long as the cracking effort is not for the purpose of
infringing on copyright."