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Red Hat: LEGISLATIVE ALERT: SSSCA - Security Systems Standards and Certification Act

Oct 09, 2001, 20:12 (13 Talkback[s])

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"Without question, Red Hat strongly opposes the bill. We believe it encroaches into the first amendment rights of individuals. It could also have harmful effects on open source software if the fundamental right to copy the software is restricted. In addition, the bill's definition of digital technology is far too broad and could be used to refer to almost any digital technology.

The bill is being motivated by motion picture and television studios that seek to end piracy of their movies and other forms of entertainment. Curiously, these studios also happen to be among Hollings' top campaign contributors, as noted by Newsforge reporter Dan Berkes.

Still in its draft stages, the bill is yet to be introduced to Congress. Our hope is to stop this bill before that happens. But even if the bill is stopped, there is danger that certain provisions of the bill may resurface elsewhere, as rejected elements of the former DMCA bill have resurfaced here."

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