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Senate Anti-Piracy Bill Written to Match Microsoft OS Patent

An insightful article posted on Linux and Main suggests that an anti-piracy bill proposed by Senator Ernest Hollings seems to require the use of operating system technology patented by Microsoft. According to the article, the bill called The Consumer Broadband and Digital Television Promotion Act (CBDTPA) "requires that government-approved anti-piracy features be included in a range of electronic devices, including but not limited to computers." Microsoft filed a patent for a "digital rights management operating system" in 1999 and was granted that patent in December 2001.

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