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[ale] SSSCA rears its (ugly) head once more



I'm not sure I even understand what is involved. The copying of what does
this scheme protect?
The content of the drive? - That wouldn't make sense, because it would
make backups of data impossible...
(Certain) software? - That has nothing to do with the drive, really. It
can be supplied by the software if desired.

Can someone explain this copy-protection scheme thing?


On Fri, 1 Mar 2002, George Johnson wrote:

> This scares me too!!  This is why I am not a republi-crat or demo-cian.  I
> would not be the person you are looking for to give any speach on this but I
> can give some sites where you can keep an eye on things like this that the
> main stream media will not report.
> 
> www.wnd.com
> www.newsmax.com
> 
> Keep an eye out on these sites.  You will find all kinds of interesting and
> scary news items here.
> 
> George
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: James P. Kinney III [mailto:jkinney at localnetsolutions.com]
> Sent: Friday, March 01, 2002 3:35 PM
> To: Charles Shapiro
> Cc: Atlanta Linux User Group (E-mail)
> Subject: Re: [ale] SSSCA rears its (ugly) head once more
> 
> 
> It really scares the crap out of me to think that at some point in the
> nearing future, all of the stuff I use, all Open Source, could be
> outlawed for failing to comply with crap like this.
> 
> On Fri, 2002-03-01 at 13:51, Charles Shapiro wrote:
> > If you haven't heard of it, the SSSCA (Security Systems Standards
> > Certification Act) would mandate that all new hard drives contain an
> > as-yet-undecided copy-protection scheme. Buying or selling a new drive
> > which was not so crippled would be a crime.  It  would also be a crime
> > to tamper with the copy-protection hardware or software on a disk drive.
> > Up to a half-million dollar fine or five years in jail for the first
> > offfense. This ain't law yet, but the time to act is now.
> >
> > "When Congress sits idly by in the face of these activities, we
> > essentially sanction the Internet as a haven for thievery"
> > Fritz Hollings (D-SC) Feb 28, 2002 (hearings re the SSSCA)
> >
> > Uh, maybe it's time to do an ALE meeting on "Progress toward outlawing
> > Open Source". Congress is really starting to scare me here. Any lawyers
> > or politicos in the house? I'd be glad to help out, but I don't really
> > feel qualified to do a full presentation.
> >
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