dsc at swcp.com
Sat Jun 22 14:43:01 EDT 2002
Keying and protecting software may be easier (or harder) in a few
years in the US.
Senate bill S.2048 (a suspicious looking number) might force
changes in hardware and operating systems that can be used for
There is a bill pending (S.2048) that is intended to protect
copyrighted material in digital form. The law requires all new
software and hardware that stores, plays, executes, backs-up,
copies or transmits that material to comply with
yet-to-be-determined FCC rules. The original intent was to control
activities like copying CDs and DVDs, and transmitting online
It has some interesting consequences and expanded applications.
Files of copyrighted material may use the security protection
approved by the FCC. If so, they may not be stored unprotected.
They may not be stored or transmitted encrypted by some other way.
Also, you cannot legally encrypt _any_ copyrighted files except by
the approved method, whether they have the FCC wrapper or not.
(This does not apply to trade secret files that happen to have
copyright notices on them, or software or art that has not been
released to the public.) The law intends for end users to be able
to make backups and otherwise enjoy copyrighted material.
All new software, hardware or combination that processes, copies or
transmits files must check whether each file is marked as
copyrighted and check for rights. Some rights will require keys.
(The FCC will set up a way mark files and show rights.) I think
this means a change in computer operating systems and Internet
I don't like this bill. First, it requires me to protect my
software the government approved way. Second, as a consumer, I
don't want road blocks or expenses just because I might want to
misuse copyrighted material. Third, it is a great expansion of
Commerce Clause interpretation of the Constitution that can only
Whatever we come up with for protecting Revolution apps might be
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