DMCA - LEGISLATIVE HISTORY - PLAYABILITY
IN CONNECTION WITH SECTION 1201(K) (PAGES 68-69)
Conference Report (H. Rep. No. 105-796):
In connection with section 1201(k) (pages 68-69):
In relation to the playability issue, the conferees have received authoritative assurances that playability issues have already been resolved in relation to the current specifications for these technologies and that an inter-industry forum will be established to resolve any playability issues that may arise in the future in relation to either revisions to the copy control specifications or development of new consumer technologies and products.
As further explanation on the playability issue, the conferees understand that the existing technologies were the subject of extensive testing that included all or virtually all of the major consumer electronics manufacturers and that this testing resulted in modification of the specifications to assure that the technologies do not produce noticeable adverse effects on the normal display of content that is protected utilizing these technologies. Currently, all manufacturers are effectively "on notice" of the existence of these technologies and their specifications and should be able to design their products to avoid any adverse effects.