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July 17, 1998
The enemy was clearly defined when 160 nations gathered to create a uniform response to electronic piracy, a crime wave that costs the computer software industry alone about $13 billion annually. That 1996 meeting of the World Intellectual Property Organization established a framework for international treaties to extend copyright protections, and it came just in time. The pirates were bootlegging movies before the first week's box office receipts had been tallied.
October 3, 2002 |
After watching the entertainment industry's anti-piracy agenda dominate Capitol Hill all year, allies of the consumer-electronics and technology industries are firing back with bills to ensure that consumers can make copies for personal use. The two bills by Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) and Rick Boucher (D-Va.) are landing too late to pass this session, but supporters say that's not the point.
January 17, 2002 |
Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates said in a rare companywide memo that employees need to make increasing the security of the firm's products their top priority. The memo e-mailed Tuesday substantially raises the internal profile of security issues, an area in which Microsoft has faced mounting criticism from customers, analysts and even national politicians. "If we don't do this, people simply won't be willing--or able--to take advantage of all the other great work we do.
March 19, 2004 |
Leaders of the House committee overseeing the Federal Communications Commission are urging the Justice Department not to appeal a lower court's reversal of telephone competition rules. The letter sent late Wednesday from the House Energy and Commerce Committee runs counter to two letters sent in the last week from leaders of the House Judiciary Committee and Senate committee overseeing the FCC, both of which asked the government to back an appeal.
August 10, 2005
THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION took a leap of faith last week when it slashed regulation of high-speed Internet services. The commission declared that the phone companies' DSL offerings are an "information service," not a "communications service." This move put DSL operators on the same regulatory footing as cable TV companies' high-speed services, which is only fair, given how similar the two products are.
January 8, 2002 |
A congressman who has played a key role in high-tech issues said Monday that he will introduce legislation aimed at protecting the right of consumers to make copies of digital files, such as songs on a CD. Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Va.), who sits on the Judiciary subcommittee on the Internet and Intellectual Property, said he would try to amend the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which was designed to limit piracy in the digital age.