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Arts and Farces: Convergence indeed: Picking cotton for Bill

Oct 17, 2001, 14:14 (24 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Fraase)
"Pretty soon all God's creators gonna be pickin' cotton for Bill. Or maybe Rupert or Walt.

Imagine that suddenly, all distributions of GNU/Linux were illegal in the United States. As well as Zope, Python, Perl, Apache, and all other open source software products. While that arguably may not be the goal of the Security Systems Standard & Certification Act (SSSCA), it would surely be a result. The SSSCA would outlaw any digital device -- including personal computers -- that did not include a copy protection mechanism. Right now the only thing keeping it from happening are the events surrounding 11 September.

The bill, written by Sen. Fritz Hollings (D-SC) -- chair of the Senate Commerce Committee -- with a lot of help from Disney and Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., can best be thought of as a sort of appendix to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DCMA). It is clearly designed to further extend legal protections for digital content owned or licensed by enormous media conglomerates."

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