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SearchEnterpriseLinux: How Could DRM on Linux Impact Admins?

May 07, 2003, 22:00 (4 Talkback[s])
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"There's a storm brewing over digital rights management (DRM) technology in the open source community, and Linux founder Linus Torvalds' recent acceptance of DRM usage seeded the clouds. In the aftermath of the storm, open source software could bear a greater resemblance to proprietary software. That could be both good and bad thing for system administrators, according to's resident experts Sam Greenblatt, Ken Milberg and John H. Terpstra...

"What is your reaction to Torvads' opinion about DRM?

"Terpstra: I believe Linus is spot on, for him to limit any use of Linux would go counter to the very principals that drive it.

"Greenblatt: We (CA) reserve the right to protect our intellectual property through digital rights management technology and feel in no way does it impact the open-source community. The community can chose whether or not they want to use material covered by DRM technology. CA will continue in the debate to ensure that all parties are represented.

"Milberg: In that posting, Linus Torvalds also stated 'I also don't necessarily like DRM myself,..but...I'm an 'Oppenheimer,' and I refuse to play politics with Linux, and I think you can use Linux for whatever you want to--which very much includes things I don't necessarily personally approve of...'"

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