Will 2006 Be The Year Of The Electronic Lockdown?

“As the music, television and movie industries move to make more media available online, they are also attempting to keep that content from showing up on peer-to-peer networks or being copied for friends. They are looking to Congress for help. Meanwhile, many consumer electronics firms are hobbling their own devices to protect themselves from potential lawsuits or, in the case of Apple, to make money from selling media to those who bought the company’s hardware… Media companies also told Congress in November that they want new digital FM signals to include an anti-copying flag and that satellite radio companies should not be allowed to create portable players that can store gigs of content.”