[linux-elitists] defining DRM?
Thu Jan 20 17:42:51 PST 2005
On 20-Jan-2005, Don Marti wrote:
> I'm writing an article mentioning DRM, and trying to come up with a
> definition. Originally, I thought of, "You know, DRM, it's like
> crypto, except evil instead of cool."
Happily embracing a bias, then? :-)
> I don't mind the expansion "Digital Rights Management" since you can
> encourage people to think (Digital Rights) Management, not Digital
> (Rights Management). ("Expert sex change", anyone?) Keep your
> management off my digital rights!
I prefer the "Digital Restrictions Management" expansion suggested by
the FSF, since it avoids the supposition that there are rights being
managed. It focuses on the actual effect to the user: DRM introduces
(more) restrictions, and grants nothing.
> So here's my definition so far. I'm sure it's full of holes.
> Digital Rights Management is any technology that selectively restricts
> and permits uses of a copy of a cultural work by the owner or
> authorized user of the copy.
s/selectively restricts and permits/selectively restricts/
If the DRM system permits, it's effectively doing nothing. The only
time the system actually does something, is when it restricts.
The DRM system interacts with, and selectively restricts, *every* user,
regardless of who they are.
\ "A celebrity is one who is known by many people he is glad he |
`\ doesn't know." -- Henry L. Mencken |
Ben Finney <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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