Security Systems Standards and Certification Act (SSSCA)

EFF "Tinseltown Club" song calls for public to oppose CBDTPA. See EFF Action Center at for accompanying animation, action alert. (May 28, 2002)
EFF Action ALERT: Congress Calls For Public Participation on Digital Music Issues - Submit Comments Opposing Technology Mandates. Both the House and the Senate have called for comments on the future of digital music. Today, Senator Hollings introduced the alarming Consumer Broadband and Digital Television Promotion Act (CBDTPA), which will give a cartel of Hollywood plutocrats the power to stall new digital media technologies, prescribing which user-hostile features are mandatory and which innovative features are forbidden. This is YOUR chance to voice your opposition to laws that make all digital media technology mandatory or forbidden. (Mar. 22, 2002)
Full official text of bill S. 2048, Consumer Broadband and Digital Television Promotion Act (CBDTPA), (introduced version of draft Security Systems Standards and Certification Act [SSSCA]), introduced by Sen. Ernest "Fritz" Hollings (D-SC). The bill would allow Hollywood to mandate digital media technology limitations that would effectively gut the public's fair use rights. (Mar. 2002) [PDF version, includes text layer]
EFF Position on Joint AOL-Time Warner/Intel Pro-DRM Statement: A Step in the Wrong Direction. Recently, Intel Corporation has issued two very different statements about the dangers to innovation and fair use posed by copyright owners' attempts to get Congress to put the power of federal law behind digital rights management schemes. In estimony before the Senate Commerce Committee, Intel Executive Vice President Leslie Vadasz courageously spoke out against Congress making copy controls mandatory in all new technologies. By contrast a joint statement by Intel and AOL-Time Warner envisions a world in which corporate negotiations decide consumers' rights, and government outlaws devices falling outside a "consensus" imposed by Hollywood. EFF calls on Intel to hold fast to Vadasz's vision. (Mar. 22, 2002)
House Judiciary Committee request for comments on digital copyright and the Security Systems Standards and Certification Act (SSSCA). Apr. 8, 2002 deadline. (Mar. 12, 2002) [PDF version; perserves appearance of original, text layer may reveal scanning errors; 332KB]
Electronic Frontier Foundation Action ALERT: Oppose SSSCA; Support Intel's Bravery - A Bad Law and a Sneaky Process. At a recent hearing Intel co-founder Leslie Vadasz was the lone industry voice against Hollywood control over the future of digital media, and for consumer and business freedom. EFF encourages our members to thank Intel and show your support for their resistance to the MPAA/RIAA intellectual property land-grab (Mar. 8, 2002)
Electronic Frontier Foundation Media Release: EFF Applauds Intel's Stand - Urges Consumers to Express Concern over Copyright Abuses San Francisco - Encouraged by industry testimony in defense of consumer rights under digital copyright law, the EFF today urged consumers to support Intel's stand against overly restrictive digital rights management legislation. At hearings called by Senator Fritz Hollings last week, Intel Executive Vice President Leslie Vadasz expressed concern over legislative proposals that would give Hollywood a veto on the design of new technologies in order to "secure" copyrighted material. Vadasz was the only technology industry representative to speak up on behalf of the public interest and consumer and business freedom. (Mar. 8, 2002)
Leslie Vadasz, Intel Exec. VP, Letter to Sen. Hollings, Regarding SSSCA and Hollywood Attempts to Control Technology (Feb. 28, 2002)
Electronic Frontier Foundation Media Advisory: Senate Hearings This Week on Dramatic New Digital Controls - SSSCA Hearing, Thu. Feb. 28, 2002. The US Senate Commerce Committee will hold hearings on draft legislation, the Security Systems Standards and Certification Act (SSSCA). Sponsored by U.S. Senator Fritz Hollings (D-SC) and Ted Stevens (R-AK), SSSCA would require government mandated copy prevention technology in future digital devices that would give Hollywood control over how consumers can use digital content. Senate hearings had originally been scheduled for Oct. 25, 2001, but were indefinitely postponed after much public opposition to the proposed legislation. (Feb. 27, 2002)
Computer & electronics industry letter to Hollywood seeking private-sector copy-prevention "solution" in lieu of SSSCA (Feb. 27, 2002)
USACM letter to Sen. Ernest Hollings on his SSSCA: Association for Computing Machinery takes issue with new copyright bill, Security Systems Standards and Certification Act (Sep. 26, 2001)
Draft full text of the Security Systems Standards and Certification Act (SSSCA)