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Business Software Alliance to Challenge Hollywood on Digital Rights Management

The San Jose Mercury-News reported on Friday that The Business Software Alliance and the Computer Systems Policy Project intend to take on lobbying groups representing the Entertainment industry over the issue of Digital Rights Management. The recording and motion picture industries have relentlessly pursued the introduction of very strong copy protection at the hardware and operating system levels of all sorts of digital devices, including PCs aimed at consumers.

According to the article, the lobbying groups for the computer and electronics industries, "hope to convince Congress that strict copy-protection legislation that sets technological mandates would stifle innovation, harm consumers and threaten an already suffering tech industry."

It will be interesting to see how much influence the Hollywood Establishment loses in Washington, now that both houses of Congress are under Republican control.

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