Behind the CPRM

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Behind the CPRM

John Gilmore, co-founder of the Electronic Freedom Foundation, has called for a boycott of hardware containing CPRM (Copyright Protection for Recordable Media) mechanisms. A proposed change to the industry standard ATA hard drive specification could put entertainment industry mandated content management tools on virtually all computers, digital video recorders and MP3 players.

Gilmore says, “No copy protection should exist ANYWHERE in generic computer hardware! It’s up to the BUYER to determine what to use their product for. It’s not up to the vendors of generic hardware, and certainly not up to a record company that’s shadily influencing those vendors in back-room meetings.”

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