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On 9 Feb 00, at 14:38, I wrote:

> The very recent Rights Protection System (RPS) - developed in Germany
> - offers SP's an effective means in order to block access to such
> infringing files based on the above mentioned role of routers.


> The system follows the model of "on-border-seizure" which monitors
> border (data) traffic and provides protections against contents to be
> illegally "imported".
> II. Functioning of the RPS
> The system is based on Novell's caching system. It works with a 
> negative list of URL's offering illegally posted music files and
> analyses from within the caching system every new inquiry to the
> router table in order to determine if the URL is found in the negative
> list. Thus the RPS functions as a filter before the router.
> If the URL is listed in the negative list access from Germany will be
> denied. Update to the negative list will occur regularly through
> secure electronic transmission on an hourly basis. The data
> maintenance could be handled by a government authorized entity such as
> the customs office. Updates could also be provided by any other
> trusted third party. In order to preclude misuses and carelessly
> negligent proposals the German National IFPI Group considers to exempt
> SP's equipped with RPS from liability and perhaps to require that a
> bond be posted as is done in the border confiscation procedure.
> To achieve effective protection in Germany it is necessary to 
> establish it with all SP's (app. 50-70) with transmission gates to
> foreign networks. Small SP's are not disadvantaged because they buy
> their bandwidth from larger SP's. For them it is not necessary to
> install the RPS. RPS works with standard soft- and hardware and is
> easy to install without additional service needed for the SP's.
> A prototype is now being used and tested with some supportive SP's. An
> additional feature of this system is that it provides the SP with a
> further benefit: With the RPS-part of the caching system greater
> transmission speed is possible. Costs for similar caching system are
> estimated to be up to three times as much as with the RPS.


> Several German Government officials from the Ministry of Justice,
> Economy and Technology, Cultural Affairs to the Chancellor's Office
> have already pointed out their interest in this system. Other 
> Groups of IFPI have already signaled their interest as well.

Weiss jemand irgendwas darueber?

a) Wer baut sowas?

b) Wer sind die "some supportive SP's"?

c) Wer sind die "Several German Government officials from the 
Ministry of Justice, Economy and Technology, Cultural Affairs to the 
Chancellor's Office" ?

d) ist das real oder - technisch gesehen - heisse Luft ?