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COLUMN SEVENTY-TWO, JUNE 1, 2002
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BIG BROTHER AGAIN!
this Sucks... SSSCA bill, pushed by the entertainment industry
Date: Sun, 24 Mar 2002 01:38:29 퍍
From: "G Evans" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
IS THE SSSCA?
SSSCA is a bill, pushed by the entertainment industry, to be proposed in
Congress by Senators Fritz Hollings (D-SC) and Ted Stevens (R-Alaska). The
acronym stands for "Security Systems Standards and Certification Act".
WHAT WOULD THIS LAW DO?
law would force all new personal computers and digital home entertainment
devices sold in the United States to have government-approved "policeware"
policeware would restrict your use of copyrighted material on these devices --
including music files and CD's, video clips, DVD's, e-books, and more.
COULD GO TO JAIL?
if you're one of the millions of Americans who uses your computers to burn music
CD's, listen to MP3's, share video files, etc. You'd face up to five years in
federal prison and a $500,000 fine.
you'd be able to get around the law by removing the policeware from your
personal computer? Think again -- anyone who defies the government by disabling
or tampering with the policeware on their own computer, in the privacy of their
own home or business, would also face five years in the slammer.
Since alternative operating systems like Linux and FreeBSD would most likely refuse to incorporate government policeware into their code, users of these open-source systems would also be eligible for hard time. ##
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