The music and technology industries have agreed that the US Congress should stay out of the technological development process.
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the Business Software Alliance (BSA) and the Computer Systems Policy Project (CSPP) announced agreement on seven digital-content policy principles yesterday.
Robert Holleyman, president and CEO of the BSA, said the three groups "offer strong opposition to attempts to insert the government in the technology development process".
Work it out "Government-mandated technology protection measures simply won't work," he said. "The tech industry is not the problem, but part of the solution," he claimed.
The agreement opposes legislation from the likes of Senator Fritz Hollings, whose Consumer Broadband and Digital Television Promotion Act calls for embedding copy protection technology in all high-tech devices.
The three groups do not want mandatory copy protection in devices, but do want Congress to enforce the law against copyright infringements.
They called on Congress to enforce laws against those who infringe copyright laws. The groups plan to bring industry leaders together to hash out more concrete policies for combatting digital piracy, said Ken Kay, executive director of CSPP, which represents companies including Dell, Intel and HP.
Come together Agreement between the three groups is important, because it addresses the question from Congress: "Why can't you work this out?" Holleyman said. In the past, the recording and motion picture industries have called on the IT industry to do more to protect against file sharing. However, no consumer groups are involved in the policy announcement.
Hilary Rosen, chairman and CEO of the RIAA, said the groups would be happy to receive input from consumers and other industry groups.
The agreement calls for technology vendors and record companies to support technical measures to limit the illegal copying of digital content, so long as those measures don't destroy individual Internet users' data or equipment, and don't violate privacy rights. The agreement doesn't mention the "fair use" rights of individuals to make copies of digital music files for personal use, but Rosen argued that it "protects consumer rights to use music as they want".
The BSA's Holleyman said members of his group support the contentious Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).