Subject: Re: As if the DMCA wasn't bad enough
From: "Karsten M. Self" <>
Date: Sat, 8 Sep 2001 13:03:04 -0700
Sat, 8 Sep 2001 13:03:04 -0700
on Sat, Sep 08, 2001 at 02:48:41PM -0500, Lynn Winebarger (
> New Copyright Bill Heading to DC 
>     Couldn't the Republicans and Democrats find something else to agree 
> about so readily?
>      It's enough to make a person seriously considering emigrating.  
> Any recommendations?

Some interesting speculation from Declan as well.

Karsten M. Self <>
 What part of "Gestalt" don't you understand?             There is no K5 cabal     
   Free Dmitry! Boycott Adobe! Repeal the DMCA!
Geek for Hire              

Subject: FC: More on DMCA sequel: Security Systems Standards and Certif. Act
From: Declan McCullagh <>
Date: Sat, 08 Sep 2001 13:56:33 -0400

 Sat, 08 Sep 2001 13:56:33 -0400
The complete text of the draft SSSCA (2.5 MB PDF file) is now online:

Slashdot thread on the SSSCA:

Politech archive on SSSCA:

EFF alert on "Canadian DMCA" -- comments due September 15: eff canada cpdci alert.html



From: Larry Blunk <>
Subject: Re: [dvd-discuss] Text of draft Security Systems Standards and
+Certification Act
Date: Fri, 7 Sep 2001 23:09:34 -0700 (PDT)

   This is how I believe this act will play out:

  1) This act will sail through congress thanks to the heavy lobbying of
     the copyright cartels.

  2) The "industry" will adopt the Trust Computing Platfrom Alliance's (TCPA)
     ( specification for PC's, and the CPRM/CPPM
     ( specification for hard drives,
     removable storage devices, and pre-recorded media.  The TCPA spec performs
     hardware-based signature checks on software, beginning with the
     boot-loader.  The current spec allows for boot-loaders which fail the
     signature check to still load and run (with the PC in an "insecure"
     state).  With a minor modification, the TCPA spec can require that any
     boot-loader which fails the signature check will fail to run at all.
     This can be backed up by the CPRM hard-drive which will only allow a
     secure program to modify the boot-loader on the hard-drive.

  3) I suspect that the FBI/DOJ will not go after Linux initially (even
     though the "software" provision of the act provides them with the
     power to do so) due to the possible speech ramifications.  Linux
     will effectively be outlawed because the mandated TCPA
     PC's will only run Secure Windows.

  4)  After several years, the Feds will go after Linux itself due to the
     scofflaws who continue to run Linux on their pre-TCPA computers.

     Microsoft has a wonderful PowerPoint presentation on their designs
    to monopolize the copyright protection business via the TCPA PC at

     I bet there's alot of celebrating going on in Redmond tonight now
    that the possibility of a break-up has been dismissed in favor of
    a meaningless wrist-slap, plus they are now well on their way to getting
    Linux outlawed with this act.  They also probably find a great deal of
    irony in the fact that IBM, the supposed champion of Linux, will
    have had significant hand in developing the technology which will be
    used to destroy Linux.


From: "Thomas Leavitt" <>
Subject: Re: FC: Sen. Hollings plans to introduce DMCA sequel: The SSSCA
Date: Sat, 08 Sep 2001 10:50:29 -0700
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Goddamn those sons of bitches. They rewrite copyright law to fuck the 
creators, their every effort to impose copy-protection fails in the market 
or is widely circumvented, so now they're going to use their financial 
muscle to abuse the power of government to make copyright violation a crime 
with greater penalties than outright highway robbery!

If your average citizen truly had a voice in government, if they truly 
mattered, this shit would be DOA. I dare the folk in Congress to go back to 
their constituents, and explain to them face to face why they don't have 
the right to be able to listen to the music they've paid for at both work 
and home, without hauling CDs everywhere... why they can't record their 
favorite tracks off their CDs onto their computer and make MP3 play 
lists... why the can't burn a few tracks onto a CD or MP3 player and play 
them back at a party, or in the car. That when they pay $16.99 for a CD, it 
buy's them nothing but the hunk of plastic the music comes on, and the 
"right" to play that CD on a industry/government approved device.

The only response legislation like this deserves is massive, public civil 
disobedience. Stand out in front of the White House, with old Intel boxes 
running Linux and an open source MP3 ripper/player, and offer to sell them 
to passerby. Have 500,000 individuals be formal members of a general 
partnership (no liability shield) - force the government to throw us all in 
jail and take everything we own. We'll see what happens then!

Thomas Leavitt --; ICQ #16455919

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