Bill aimed at software piracy killed

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    By Scott Dyer Juen 10 2004

    Two major software companies flexed their political muscle Wednesday to
    help kill a bill that would have forced the firms to soften their
    computer piracy safeguards.

    State Rep. Gary Beard, R-Baton Rouge, said he filed House Bill 689 after
    a software company allegedly disabled his computer because he had not
    kept his licensing code.

    Beard said he received notification that an update was available for his
    legitimately purchased software. When he tried to download the update,
    the manufacturer's Web site demanded his licensing code -- and disabled
    his computer when he could not produce it.

    "You cannot open a file. You cannot use that computer at all," Beard
    told the Senate Commerce Committee ...

    http://www.2theadvocate.com/stories/061004/new_legpirate001.shtml
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    TechNews, Jun 10, 2004
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    Friggin politics!
    Keep them outa this NG please!
    "TechNews" <> wrote in message
    news:eb4e28ed4d3e54ee8267f68ee236ae5b@news.1usenet.com...
    >
    > By Scott Dyer Juen 10 2004
    >
    > Two major software companies flexed their political muscle Wednesday to
    > help kill a bill that would have forced the firms to soften their
    > computer piracy safeguards.
    >
    > State Rep. Gary Beard, R-Baton Rouge, said he filed House Bill 689 after
    > a software company allegedly disabled his computer because he had not
    > kept his licensing code.
    >
    > Beard said he received notification that an update was available for his
    > legitimately purchased software. When he tried to download the update,
    > the manufacturer's Web site demanded his licensing code -- and disabled
    > his computer when he could not produce it.
    >
    > "You cannot open a file. You cannot use that computer at all," Beard
    > told the Senate Commerce Committee ...
    >
    > http://www.2theadvocate.com/stories/061004/new_legpirate001.shtml
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    > Reliability:Speed:Security:Linux
     
    BEAU, Jun 11, 2004
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    BEAU wrote:

    > Friggin politics!
    > Keep them outa this NG please!


    So you agree that a software company should have the power to shut down
    your computer remotely?


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    TechNews, Jun 11, 2004
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