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Dell chief opposes rules for digital entertainment


Congress and US federal regulators should avoid placing restrictions on consumers' use of computers and other devices to listen to digital music and watch movies, the chief executive of the largest US computer-maker said.

The head of Texas-based Dell Inc, Kevin Rollins, also said that entertainment companies should work closely with technology firms to build new businesses delivering music and movies to consumers.

Rollins, who took over from Michael Dell as chief executive last summer, was careful to say the company opposes illegal trafficking of digital files.

"I'm talking about the music industry, working with them on various standards and encouraging them to innovate on how they deliver their content to customers rather than try to put artificial barriers up," Rollins said Wednesday in an interview.

"There are many new ways to deliver content to users without having to bar them from access to content or entertainment," Rollins said. "That generally stifles growth, it doesn't assist it."

Rollins' remarks came one day after Intel Corp urged the Supreme Court to stay out of a long-running copyright dispute between the entertainment industry and companies that make software used to share files over the Internet.

Entertainment companies hurt by Internet piracy have sought tougher laws and restrictions against people who illegally send copyrighted files over the Internet.

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