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NewsForge: SSSCA gets a hearing Oct. 25 -- can it be stopped?

Oct 19, 2001, 18:17 (31 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tina Gasperson)
"Senator Fritz Hollings will testify about his proposed SSSCA legislation before the Senate Commerce Committee on October 25. While the Open Source community is acquainted with the potential effects of this bill on freedom from government intrusion on our private activities, many businesses that use Open Source software, government agencies who sponsor Open Source projects, and lawyers who specialize in technology issues either have not heard of the bill, or do not understand its implications.

Eben Moglen, chief counsel for the Free Software Foundation, is succinct: "SSSCA is a deliberate attempt to destroy free software."

Moglen believes that the industries behind the drafting of the SSSCA want to control information from the beginning to the end of every event chain. 'The content industries want to make a leakproof pipe that leads from their production facility directly to the eyeball and eardrum of the consumer.'"

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