Feeds

Tinker with your MP3 player, get 5 years in jail

Congressional TCPA stooges Hollings, Biden at it again

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

We were suspicious a few months back when US Senator Joseph Biden (Democrat, Delaware) introduced proposed legislation with Senator Fritz "Hollywood" Hollings (Democrat, South Carolina) to protect emblems of authenticity for digital media, such as holograms, with the same tough laws that criminalize bogus labels on designer-wear.

A Biden aide told us at the time that the proposed legislation would have no effect on DRM features; it was merely meant to cover software and music packaging. We doubted it was so, and now we see that the Dynamic Duo have indeed attempted to swindle consumers on behalf of their Benevolent Masters in the software and entertainment industries.

The bill's language, in particular the term 'authentication feature', has now been greatly expanded to include "any hologram, watermark, certification, symbol, code, image, sequence of numbers or letters, or other feature that either individually or in combination with another feature is used by the respective copyright owner to verify that a phonorecord, a copy of a computer program, a copy of a motion picture or other audiovisual work, or documentation or packaging is not counterfeit or otherwise infringing of any copyright."

Thus "illicit authentication" could be anything a consumer might do to make older, legally-purchased media and software run on DRM-enabled computer hardware or software or household gizmos such as CD and DVD players. The language is wide open here; in practice it will mean whatever the movie and music industries, and the BSA paramilitaries, decide it should mean.

It dovetails beautifully with Fritz Hollings' copyright Final Solution, a loathsome piece of legislation which would force DRM compliance on all hardware sold in America. Meanwhile, he and Biden are sneaking around to the back door to ensure that any liberties taken by consumers to free themselves from this odious Copyright Regime becomes a felony under federal law.

The RIAA, MPAA and BSA certainly are getting their money's worth out of these two fine representatives of the people (who matter). ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
UNIX greybeards threaten Debian fork over systemd plan
'Veteran Unix Admins' fear desktop emphasis is betraying open source
Netscape Navigator - the browser that started it all - turns 20
It was 20 years ago today, Marc Andreeesen taught the band to play
Redmond top man Satya Nadella: 'Microsoft LOVES Linux'
Open-source 'love' fairly runneth over at cloud event
Return of the Jedi – Apache reclaims web server crown
.london, .hamburg and .公司 - that's .com in Chinese - storm the web server charts
Chrome 38's new HTML tag support makes fatties FIT and SKINNIER
First browser to protect networks' bandwith using official spec
Admins! Never mind POODLE, there're NEW OpenSSL bugs to splat
Four new patches for open-source crypto libraries
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.