"After weeks of conference calls and quiet rallying of
the troops, technology companies including Intel, IBM, Microsoft
and Compaq Computer held a coming-out press conference Monday to
oppose a broad copyright protection proposal being backed by Walt
Disney and Sen. Ernest Hollings, D-S. C.
The plan has yet to be introduced as a bill, but it has been the
source of intense debate since August, when drafts first began
reaching the public. The technology companies' event appeared to be
aimed at pre-empting a Senate hearing on the issue scheduled for
later this week.
'This legislation would be an unwarranted intrusion by the
government into the commercial marketplace,' said Ken Kay,
executive director of the Computer Systems Policy Project, a trade
group that includes IBM, Intel, Dell Computer, Motorola and others
as members. 'This would freeze technology...(and) force government
to pick winners and losers.'"