Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 15th Apr 2006 17:00 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source When Sun trumpeted its 'open source DRM' last month, no one at first noticed an unusual name amongst the canned quotes. Lending his support to the rights enforcement technology was Free Software Foundation, Electronic Frontier Foundation board member, and Software Freedom Law Center director, Professor Lawrence Lessig. A name usually associated with the unrestricted exchange of digital media. Debian activist and copyright campaigner Benjamin Mako Hill noticed, and thought this was odd. "The fact that the software is 'open source' is hardly good enough," he wrote, "if the purpose of the software is to take away users' freedom - in precisely the way that DRM does." And on a related note, here are some photos from inside the FSF headquarters in Massa Massat Mass.
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DRM is not going to go away
by walnut tree on Sun 16th Apr 2006 15:26 UTC
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DRM is here to stay whether we like it or not. The open source community can do one of two things - shun DRM as much as possible while other companies develop the technology surrounding it. Or they can participate in the devlopment of an open standard and have some say in the direction of DRM. An open standard could enable content to run across multiple devices, rather than just be tied to one (like the iPod).

Many television companies are interested in making their content available online - they won't do it without DRM. If there is no reputable or reliable open source option, they will simply go to a commercial vendor that offers them a complete and satisfactory (but proprietary) DRM solution.

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