“The high-tech industry plans to launch a sophisticated new lobbying campaign later this month to strike back against Hollywood in a battle to shape rules of the road for new digital technologies. The Business Software Alliance and Computer Systems Policy Project….hope to convince Congress that strict copy-protection legislation that sets technological mandates would stifle innovation, harm consumers and threaten an already suffering tech industry.” Heather Fleming —Tech Industry to Take on Hollywood over Digital RulesMercury News)
Before you jump up and down cheering, note that Microsoft is one of the companies behind this new legal strategy. The end result will be to put more power in the hands of technology monopolists, instead of the publishers of entertainment media. So either way, you’ll still have to pay to let Hollywood entertain you.