Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 2nd Jan 2012 19:12 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source Late last year, president Obama signed a law that makes it possible to indefinitely detain terrorist suspects without any form of trial or due process. Peaceful protesters in Occupy movements all over the world have been labelled as terrorists by the authorities. Initiatives like SOPA promote diligent monitoring of communication channels. Thirty years ago, when Richard Stallman launched the GNU project, and during the three decades that followed, his sometimes extreme views and peculiar antics were ridiculed and disregarded as paranoia - but here we are, 2012, and his once paranoid what-ifs have become reality.
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Brendan
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2005-11-16

Hi,

No. One simple example in which DRM is not a valid choice for anyone, and can't be justified. Content providers for example might want you to play the media file only through means they want (like in specific player, on specific hardware etc.). But if you paid for it - you should be free to play it the way you want. However DRM will try to force DMCA like laws, trying to ban such activity as "illegal". This is not justified, and DRM is defective by design.


If you pay a fee to hire a car for 3 days; does that give you the right to drive the car for 2 weeks? Does it give you the right to sell the car? Can you paint it a different colour? You could've chosen not to hire the car at all, or chosen to pay full price and buy a different car of your own (and get the rights to do anything you like with your car); but you didn't, so you only have the right to drive the car for 3 days. If you don't like your own choice then make a different choice.

If you pay a fee to play a media file on one specific device, does that give you the right to play the media file on a different device? Does it give you the right to make copies? Sell the media file to a friend? You could've chosen not to pay the fee (and not to play the file) at all, or chosen to pay full price and buy a media file of your own (and get the rights to do anything you like with your media file); but you didn't, so you only have the right to play the media file on one specific device. If you don't like your own choice then make a different choice.

- Brendan

Edited 2012-01-05 02:15 UTC

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