[Fsfe-ie] TV talking about DRM

teresahackett at eircom.net teresahackett at eircom.net
Thu Apr 27 22:44:30 CEST 2006

DRM concerns copyright, competition and interoperability. Libraries (my 
area) have big concerns.

I guess you know

-the recent debates in the French copyright bill re Apple iTunes
-concerns expressed by the British Library, Royal National Institute for 
the Blind and others at the recent UK parliamentary hearing on DRMs. The 
submissions don't seem to be online yet.

Good luck tomorrow.


Shane M. Coughlan wrote:
> Hash: SHA256
> Ciaran O'Riordan wrote:
>>DRM can be useful for computer users.  I could set up my kernel to only
>>execute signed binaries and then I could sign all my binaries and if/when a
>>virus modifies one of my binaries or installs a new binary, it won't run.
> [snip]
>>(You probably knew this, but I thought I'd offer my quick wording in case it
>>stimulates any better ideas.)
> Hi Ciaran!  Thanks for the thoughts :)
> You know, I've touched on the "DRM literally means the management of
> digital rights, and that concept is not inherently a bad thing...it's
> what some companies want to do with that concept that is the problem.
> We're talking implementation excesses, and the over-extension of
> concepts of management and protection into places that should be
> private."  This gets a really mixed reaction.  Companies and business
> people tend to nod their head and say "I see your point," while a lot of
> GNU/Linux supports tend to say "Grrrrrr"
> DRM in the form of 'Trusted Computing' and all other methods of allowing
> third-party companies to take control of people's computers is highly
> suspect.  It's really weird that people and governments even entertain
> the notion.  DRM in the form of having certain administrator/user
> defined process - like your signed binaries - is useful.
> The problem is the fine line between user control, administrator
> control, and allowing Microsoft to decide your document policy.  Perhaps
> it's just too easy for companies to extend the legitimisation of copy
> control into their arena because many users are under-educated regarding
> computer security.  People are willing to hand over substantial control
> of their information systems as long as a company looks reasonably
> respectable.  There appears to be little in the way of critical analysis
> on the part of the people who actually tap the keyboards and click the mice.
> Shane
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