IT, Music Recording Industries Team Up
The two industries unite against anti-piracy mandates.Setting aside their differences over how to combat online content piracy, the IT and music recording industries united Tuesday to address the problem cooperatively rather than go to Congress for a solution. While the two industries retain some differences in approach, they agreed to ward off efforts by lawmakers to mandate technical protections. The music and film business has been at loggerheads with computer and software makers in recent years as policy-makers sought a balance between consumer rights and content owner rights in the digital realm. During the last session of Congress, several members introduced bills to address the problem of online piracy in different ways, but the matter was too divisive to resolve. "Much of the legislative activity in the last few years has been a distraction," Ken Kay, executive director of the Computer Systems Policy Project in Washington, said at a press conference in Washington Tuesday. "We need to avoid divisive legislative battles." CSPP members include Dell Computer Corp., Intel Corp, Hewlett-Packard Co., IBM, Motorola Inc., Unisys Corp., NCR Corp. and EMC Corp.
At the invitation of the Recording Industry Association of America, the CSPP and the Business Software Alliance agreed to a set of principles to improve the debate this year. Together, the two industries will support private sector technical measures to limit illegal distribution of copyrighted works, and they will oppose legislative measures that would limit technical protections. They also agreed that technical measures should be reasonable and not destructive to networks, equipment or individual privacy rights.