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    OT - but it's so important that you will care, believe me

    Read about the latest and most sickening episode of 'computer destruction legislation' to be evaluated in the US.
    http://www.wired.com/news/politics/0,1283,51274,00.html

    Summary: You write code? You debug code? You use code? Well, if this law ever passes, you're a criminal.

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    Re: OT - but it's so important that you will care, believe me

    i'm swiss, i don't care
    http://davepermen.net - if i could stay true to my heart, i would feel totally free

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    Re: OT - but it's so important that you will care, believe me

    I hope not in south-america.

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    Re: OT - but it's so important that you will care, believe me

    This is issue has been running for a few months now(maybe more).

    There are a lot of people fighting against it. Intel is one of those. I hope they win for the sake of US. Because I am not going to touch a piece of hardware with those protection chips with a thirty foot poll.

    I cannot even believe this is going to work!. People will just stick much longer with their old computers and that will cripple profit of US companies.

    And obviously, someone will be able to break their protection one day anyway!

    It's absolutly ridiculous.

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    Re: OT - but it's so important that you will care, believe me

    I'm glad I live in Canada

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    Re: OT - but it's so important that you will care, believe me

    I'm just happy nothing like this is talked about in Sweden (well not that I have heard about anyway). I can't see how a system like this would work.

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    Re: OT - but it's so important that you will care, believe me

    Yes, it's basically old news but it needs a lot of attention.

    And I don't think you're safe because you live outside the US. I'm located in Germany, so why should I care?

    Simple, if this passes, the international software and hardware industries (and communities) will melt down. You can't make your stuff accessible to US citizens, so you can't publish your stuff on the internet anymore. Look what happened to Skylarov under the DMCA - which is childs play in comparison. Same thing for US citizens, publishing code on the internet means making it available for 'export'. Not to mention that the US are still the largest producer and consumer of both software and hardware. The 'US-law-conformant' hardware will be everywhere. Your biggest market can't legally access your stuff.

    I think we're all royally screwed, world wide, if this stuff makes it through.

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    Re: OT - but it's so important that you will care, believe me

    This could be bad depending upon how the final standards are written. If they fail to add exemptions to various catagories of software, they could potentially outlaw my hobby. What good is it to write programs if I can't share what I programmed, even if it has no intended media copying functionality?

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    Re: OT - but it's so important that you will care, believe me

    Originally posted by zeckensack:
    B] The 'US-law-conformant' hardware will be everywhere. Your biggest market can't legally access your stuff.

    I think we're all royally screwed, world wide, if this stuff makes it through.[/B]
    I agree it will be really bad, but maybe not royally screwed, just screwed.

    Take DVD players for example. You are aware the DVD are encoded for different regions Noth America, Europe, etc. Well in the US you can pretty much only buy NorthAmerica region DVD players(because of a law), but in the rest of the world you can easely find DVD players that plays all regions.

    But obviously this law covers many more things and would give a big hit in the economy that is for sure.

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    Re: OT - but it's so important that you will care, believe me

    Crickey!
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