'Sen. Patrick Leahy says a controversial proposal to embed copy protection in electronics gear will not become law this year.'
'Since Leahy is the powerful chairman of the Senate Judiciary committee, his opposition instantly boosts the difficulty Hollywood studios will encounter in their attempts to enact sweeping copyright legislation.'
'The Vermont Democrat said through a spokesman that he "does not" support the Consumer Broadband and Digital Television Promotion Act (CBDTPA), which Sen. Fritz Hollings (D-South Carolina) introduced this month.'
This is even better news then it may seem at first. The more time goes by, the more people are going to use the capabilities that will disappear if something like the CBDTPA passes, and the louder they will howl if it is taken away.