Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 21st Jun 2006 22:54 UTC
Features, Office Users of Microsoft Office can now choose one of the Creative Commons licenses for work created in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Microsoft and Creative Commons, a nonprofit organization that offers flexible copyright licenses for creative works, partnered with 3sharp LLC to develop and test this new copyright licensing tool, known as the Creative Commons add-in for Microsoft Office.
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RE: Work License... or DRM policy?
by Kroc on Wed 21st Jun 2006 23:50 UTC in reply to "Work License... or DRM policy?"
Kroc
Member since:
2005-11-10

DRM is not inherently evil. DRM can be used to properly control documents to avoid files being digitally tampered with. (Remember the news on Digg a long time ago about the man who had one figure striked off of his contract and he only found out by an old copy of the word file he had)

MS adding creative commons support is an absolute excellent and forward thinking idea. Microsoft deserve praise for this; after all, why didn't the Open Source alternative think this up first, they are all about document freedoms.

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Nathan Member since:
2006-01-10

DRM may not be 'evil', but it is inherently unworkable and stupid.

If I have the ability to see/hear the data, I can copy the data and remove the DRM - even if its hard to do so, it can by very definition be copied.

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Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

Of course, DRM is not to stop you from copying something - it is to stop you from altering the original. In the enterprise this is absolutely of critical importance.

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