[lug] SSSCA to make all open source software illegal

Alan Robertson alanr at unix.sh
Sat Oct 20 11:54:59 MDT 2001


The Walt Disney company (and some others) is sponsoring legislation which
would make pretty much all open software or hardware which touched any
digital media data at any point illegal.  Hardware would have to enforce the
standards too, as I understand it.  Eben Moglen, chief counsel for the Free
Software Foundation, is succinct: "SSSCA is a deliberate attempt to destroy
free software." 

He further comments
"The content industries want to make a leakproof pipe that leads from their
production facility directly to the eyeball and eardrum of the consumer." 

You can read about it here:


This is a good time to contact your legislators, folks.  This one makes the
DMCA look like innocent child's play.

	-- Alan Robertson
	   alanr at unix.sh

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