Want To Back Up Your PC? Ask Disney's Permission

    Date07 Mar 2002
    CategoryGovernment
    2961
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    Basically, the SSSCA seeks to enforce rigorous rights controls on all digital devices and their software -- to make it "unlawful to manufacture, import, offer to the public, provide or otherwise traffic in any interactive digital device that does not include" security systems earning Hollywood's approval. To really see this in the proper light, here's a quote from the draft legislation. . . Basically, the SSSCA seeks to enforce rigorous rights controls on all digital devices and their software -- to make it "unlawful to manufacture, import, offer to the public, provide or otherwise traffic in any interactive digital device that does not include" security systems earning Hollywood's approval. To really see this in the proper light, here's a quote from the draft legislation:

    The term "interactive digital device" means any machine, device, product, software, or technology, whether or not included with or as part of some other machine, device, product, software, or technology, that is designed, marketed or used for the primary purpose of, and that is capable of, storing, retrieving, processing, performing, transmitting, receiving, or copying information in digital form.

    Well, that covers everything from my PC to the clock radio on my desk. It also applies to every piece of a computer system and its software, along with any digital office equipment and maybe a few household appliances -- desktops, servers, hard disks, RAM, and anything that even comes into contact with digital information is subject to the SSSCA. To call this description all-encompassing would be the understatement of the century. But more important, what could it mean for business?

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