April 21, 2003
Filed under Digital Copyright
n recent weeks, a number of state legislatures have come under pressure to pass controversial statutes that could substantially affect what consumers are able to do with audiovisual equipment, computer equipment, and content they purchase. Currently under consideration in Georgia, Colorado, Massachusetts, and elsewhere, the proposed state legislation has the goal of preventing theft-of-service for cable and other communications service operators, but would have the effect of eliminating important consumer and research protections written into the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Numerous consumer groups have raised concerns that, if states continue to pass such legislation, they will significantly undermine consumers' flexibility in the digital world.