[linux-elitists] CPRM moves forward

Jay Sulzberger jays@panix.com
Sun Dec 24 09:09:02 PST 2000

On Sun, 24 Dec 2000 Eugene.Leitl@lrz.uni-muenchen.de wrote:

> Don Marti wrote:
> > Your ATA hard drive, that is. All together now, "elitists only
> > use SCSI."
> If the scheme catches on, SCSI will be just as affected.
> Does 3l33t involve paying premium for mass storage?
> > But wouldn't putting an encrypted filesystem (Linux International Kernel
> > Patch, anyone?) onto one of these just fake it out of its socks anyway?
> Would you at all be able to put a CFS on it?

It would be easy to arrange that only licensed file systems work with the
hard drive.  That is, each drive would come with some specific licenses,
and perhaps you could get more licenses, but all contents of files on the
disk must be signed.  The license specifies, in effect, the whole system
of permissions of your file system.

If the proposed IDE hard drive "copy protection" system is implemented,
why then, the distance to universal
gummint/TimeWarner/Disney/Microsoft/Sun/Apple/IBM licensing is short.
For two reasons:

1. The principle that you do not own your computer will have been

2. The hardware means to enforce your on-ownership will already be
installed in the not-your computer.

It is an odd historical accident that today you can put a non-Microsoft OS
on a peecee.  If Microsoft wants, you will never get any non-Microsoft
software on the Xbox.


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