September 9, 2003

THERE’S A HEARING ON TENNESSEE’S SUPER-DMCA BILL in Nashville tomorrow. Bill Hobbs has the scoop.

It’s a terrible bill, and it ought to die — or be dramatically amended. As Hobbs notes:

This legislation makes it a crime to connect an “unauthorized” device to the cable outlet – but lets the cable company decide what is unauthorized. If the cable company rents digital video recorders, it can simply declare competing models to be “unauthorized” and then encourage you to unplug your TiVo and rent theirs, under the threat of a felony charge. Ditto with a Wi-Fi hub.

It’s not about piracy — er, except by cable companies. It’s about control.

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