Linux Voodoo: DRM Still a Bad idea
Apr 30, 2003, 02:30 (8 Talkback[s])
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"Even with the support of no less of a personality than Linus
Torvalds, I believe that DRM is still a bad idea. The idea behind
DRM is not merely a matter of trust. It is a matter of control.
Control of what you can do with software, control over what you can
do with content, and control over the distribution of
"I would argue after reading Linus' post that there is a rather
large disconnect over that key issue. It seems from reading Linus'
post that the subject matter at hand is one of simple keys and
signing, versus controls that tie information to a specific pice of
hardware and stop the free exchange of information.
"I see that Linus fully expected to start a flame war on the
issue, and I am not about to flame him. I will however, choose to
disagree. DRM is not merely a matter of untrusted software or
content, it is also a matter of the invasion of personal liberty by
an expansion of commercial powers at an unprecedented level. At no
time in American history have we ever allowed corporate entities to
have such overbearing after-market powers..."