Neuros Technology International CEO Joe Born in his open letter to congressmen James Sensenbrenner Jr. and John Conyers on HR 4569, the Digital Transition Content Security Act (aka: Analog Hole Legislation):
...we believe the proposed bill will not only do nothing to protect against piracy, it will actually reduce legitimate media sales, unnecessarily harm consumers, and have a chilling effect on innovators of new media technologies...Today, we make a next generation digital VCR of sorts that would effectively be outlawed if HR 4569 becomes law....This device is meant to make it easier for consumers to adapt content they have already obtained legitimately for use on portable video devices....Congress' desire to protect and support the important entertainment industry against pirates is laudable, but consumer rights and the rights of technology holders do not need to be trampled in the process....history has shown that if they are once again unsuccessful in holding back the tide of advancing technology, they will once again be the beneficiaries of their own failure.
Go Joe. You go.
PS: I know the proposed bill is for video. But, what about audio? If I'm not mistaken, the only way to really close the analog hole for audio is to build a new type of digital speaker.... one that has the digital rights management technology built right into the cones. Is that possible? Could an audio derivative of this bill be next and could some technology company be the beneficiary? How would all the traditional hi-fi companies that specialize in speaker technology (like Boston Acoustics) feel about that?