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[FYI] (Fwd) Who 0wns you -- Entertainment control freaks have an ally in Microsoft

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Date sent:      	Thu, 25 Oct 2001 12:44:45 -0700
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From:           	"Jon O ." <jono@MICROSHAFT.ORG>
Subject:        	Who 0wns you -- Entertainment control freaks have an ally in

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Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2001 11:27:24 -0700

Entertainment control freaks have an ally in Microsoft

The entertainment industry has been working for years to establish
control over digital content to prevent unauthorized copying. The
latest effort, a proposed bill by U.S. Sen. Ernest ``Fritz'' Hollings,
D-S.C., would force makers of interactive digital devices to build
copy-protection into everything they make.

There hasn't been much publicity about the so-called ``Security
Systems Standards and Certification Act'' (SSSCA), but this is a real
piece of work.


That latest version of Media Player, which I recently downloaded,
comes with a remarkable user license. It says, in part: ``You agree
that in order to protect the integrity of content and software
protected by digital rights management (`Secure Content'), Microsoft
may provide security related updates to the OS Components that will be
automatically downloaded onto your computer. These security related
updates may disable your ability to copy and/or play Secure Content
and use other software on your computer. If we provide such a security
update, we will use reasonable efforts to post notices on a Web site
explaining the update.''

In other words, Microsoft asserts the right to remotely change your
PC's configuration and otherwise muck with your system. What's a
reasonable effort to post notices? Who knows?



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