Next month?s Cebit conference in Hanover could face disruption as Japanese and European manufacturers of DVD drives face a ban on software exported from the US because of encryption regulations. The muddle will only be solved if the US relaxes its rules.
Current regulations the US is operating, mean software developers for the fast drives, mostly from the US, are unable to export their code to support DVD.
That could mean trouble at Cebit, warned Peter Scatchard, European marketing manager of Hitachi. He said: ?We?re only a month from Cebit and I bet Toshiba, Philips, Sony and everyone else will have to scurry around.?
Everything else was in place, Scatchard insisted. ?We?re seeing prototypes coming out of Japan. Every software man and his dog is developing for DVD. The trouble is all that encryption software is associated with defence and the Americans have been twitchy about it for years.?
Problems with the US encryption standard were highlighted only two weeks ago when a student cracked the code in a matter of hours. Only yesterday, IBM was given permission to export more of its software. But the software developers in the US might revolt if their offerings are not allowed to leave the country in time for Cebit.
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