Subject: Re: new expanded DMCA-like law
To: Wolfgang Rupprecht <>
From: Rick Kelly <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 09/09/2001 17:45:00
Wolfgang Rupprecht said:

>A new DMCA-like law is being readied in congress.  This one would
>mandate that all computers include music-industry approved secure
>non-copyable storage system.  $500k/5year penalties for noncompliance.
>It doesn't look like these congressional turkeys have though about the
>open-source implications of this.

This could cause a very grim situation for open source. Ultimately,
it could effectively ban sales of Linux and *BSD, and push them
underground in the US. Microsoft would have a field day with this.
They would probably make a great effort to become the "official"
software for use in the US.

Who knows? Microsoft may already have something in XP that will do
the job. It wouldn't surprise me if Billy Gates was in bed with
the RIAA. IBM already has the drive hardware technology.

Hopefully, the government is smarter than that...

Rick Kelly