[linux-elitists] DRM and user rights

Seth David Schoen schoen@loyalty.org
Wed Dec 31 00:26:52 PST 2003


Don Marti writes:

> For the first time, a DRM organization is mentioning user rights.
> Leonardo Chiariglione is back in the spotlight:
> 
> http://linuxjournal.com/article/7333
> 
> On the one hand, it's an important admission that DRM schemes have
> public policy consequences.  If this establishes a precedent for
> future DRM proposals, it could make some conversations happen before
> the jump into new formats that now happen afterward.
> 
> (_Consumer Reports_, for example, is amazingly, blissfully unaware
> of the functionality that DRM takes away from devices it reviews.
> Watching CR review media devices is like watching cattle review
> slaughterhouse ramps for non-slip planks and secure guardrails.
> I'm surprised EFF hasn't sent at least a small clue their way.)

This is also discussed from a different point of view at

http://ywwg.com/photolog/archives/000232.html#000232

(linked from Boing Boing today).

The "Freedom Column" or "User Innovation" column would be a great
addition to reviews.

-- 
Seth David Schoen <schoen@loyalty.org> | Very frankly, I am opposed to people
     http://www.loyalty.org/~schoen/   | being programmed by others.
     http://vitanuova.loyalty.org/     |     -- Fred Rogers (1928-2003),
                                       |        464 U.S. 417, 445 (1984)



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