Apple, Adobe, Dell and Microsoft agree to anti-piracy measure

“[Adobe,] Dell, Microsoft and Apple–pledge to argue against hardware copyright protection schemes as well as against new bills currently before Congress that explicitly give consumers the right to make a limited number of personal copies of software under the “fair use” doctrine of U.S. copyright law. For its part, the RIAA has dropped its pursuit of forcing manufacturers to build copyright protection into hardware. ‘This is a landmark agreement because it shows that a broad cross-section of companies have come to the conclusion that government-mandated technology protection measures simply won’t work,” says Robert Holleyman, president and CEO of the Business Software Alliance–of which Adobe is a member. “The technology industry–more than anyone–knows this. And today’s agreement shows that the companies that are hard hit by Internet piracy understand this. With this agreement we stand committed to embracing technology and working together to find the best ways to harness technology’s promise for consumers, creators and the entertainment industry,'” reports Full story here.

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