Re: MPAA looks to bolster its dominance by plugging the analog hole
Europe already puts extra tax on anything that can digitize an analog input. DV camcorders with analog in and digital out are subject to extra customs taxes, so Sony for example makes cheaper variants of most models without analog input.
This news once more invalidates the "there's always the analog i/o; we can always copy it" stance. These guys are trying to gain absolute control over any copyrightable data stream, be it analog or digital. The point isn't that it can't be copied; every copy protection scheme will be hacked somehwhat, especially when it gets this restrictive. The potential problem for the masses is that with DRM leaking into every corner of daily life, true ownership of any cultural product in the sense we know today will become history and control will be in the hands of the big guys.
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