I urge you to oppose the "Security Systems Standards and Certification Act", as discussed in a Wired News article at http://www.wired.com/news/politics/0,1283,46655,00.html, when it is brought to the Senate. The bill gives too much power to copyright holders, in that they will be able to heavily restrict fair use, and will also likely provide support for legally viewing their works on one operating system: Microsoft Windows. Anyone running a different operating system, whether Macintosh, Linux, or another variety of Unix, will be left out in the cold. The restricted support has already started happening with CSS-protected DVDs, as there are legal players available only for Windows and Macintosh. This restriction effectively bars other operating systems from legally using copyrighted works, and thus indirectly restricts competition in computer operating systems.
Some things that this bill must address before it is fair to the consumer:
Again, I urge you to oppose this bill.
Thank you for your consideration Michael J. Bauer