My wife deals with this crap all the time being an attorney for a big internet backbone
I'm afraid so. And you like how the name they put on it makes it sound like
its a pro consumer bill? Its basically written by Disney's lawyers so that
no electronic equipment (or interactive equipment) can be sold without
technology that they deem necessary to protect their copyrights.
Electronics manufacturers would have no say in what the standard is but
would be legally obligated to install it; ISPs to change their systems to
make it compatible and consumers to pay for it-all to benefit the content
You know why they had to rename it? Immediately after 9/11 when congress
was considering the Patriot Act and other security bills, Disney's lawyers
paid beaucoup bucks to Hollings to introduce this bill under the guise of
"security", i.e. in addition to the people and infrastructure of the country
that needed protection, their profits also needed protection. If that
totally offends you, you're not alone and the bill went no where and Disney
was laughed out of town. Now they've taken the same exact language, put a
new name on it that attempts to deceive people into thinking its a pro
consumer, pro technology bill.
Everytime people go to a disney movie or buy a video, this is what they're
paying for and there is a massive inflow of cash into congress to push for
passage, so don't under estimate its influence.