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(Fwd) Five industry giants propose encryption plan to protect

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Date:          Thu, 19 Feb 1998 11:13:50 -0800 (PST)
From:          William Knowles <erehwon@dis.org>
To:            DC-Stuff <dc-stuff@dis.org>
Cc:            cryptography@c2.net
Subject:       Five industry giants propose encryption plan to protect Hollywood
Organization:  Home for retired social engineers & unrepented cryptophreaks

BURBANK, Calif. (February 19, 1998 09:06 a.m. EST
http://www.nando.net) -- Five computer and electronics industry giants
have agreed on a strategy to prevent people from illegally copying
digital movies and music, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday.

Intel Corp., Sony Corp., Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Toshiba
Corp., and Hitachi Ltd. are expected to announce the proposal

The move could encourage entertainment companies to distribute music
and movies over the Internet. Fears of copyright infringement have
largely kept Hollywood from selling its products in digital form in

"If somebody tries to violate a copyright, it won't work," said Mike
Aymar, Intel consumer products vice president. "The goal is that
you'll see products on the marketplace that support this by the end of
the year."

According to the proposal, high-definition TV sets, personal
computers, digital video disc players, digital video cassette
recorders and set-top boxes would be equipped with technology that
requires a code before a copyrighted piece of work can be transferred
from one device to another.

It would ensure that someone who watches or listens to digital movies
or music over satellite services, cable networks and the Internet
won't be able to make copies without permission.

The encryption technique scrambles the copyrighted material in one
device so it cannot be unscrambled by another device without the
correct software key.

Intel executives said the system won't be noticed by consumers unless
they try to make an illicit copy. They would get a message that their
attempt was denied.

The information standard is more draconian than the gold
standard, because the government has lost control of the
marketplace.  --  Walter Wriston