Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 2nd Feb 2006 21:15 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source Linus Torvalds, father of the Linux kernel, has fleshed out his unhappiness with GPLv3 in three recent posts on the Linux Kernel Mailing List. Torvalds previously stated that the kernel will remain under the licensing terms of GPLv2. Yesterday, Torvalds offered his opinion as to where the battle over DRM should take place.
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marginalising DRM...
by r2d2d3d4d5 on Thu 2nd Feb 2006 22:17 UTC
r2d2d3d4d5
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2005-12-31

Any one remember the old MP3.com? The problem is companies that depend on copyright to make their income will always have the upper hand in that they have enough money to control distribution. You can create all the DRM free content you want but without distribution you're nowhere. Exactly the same applies in the off-line world.

For me the main thing DRM has against it is that IF it works companies that use will cut off a lot of people that might be forced to go elsewhere.

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RE: marginalising DRM...
by cr8dle2grave on Thu 2nd Feb 2006 22:58 in reply to "marginalising DRM..."
cr8dle2grave Member since:
2005-07-11

The problem the RIAA and company are facing right now is due directly to the fact that in an era of pervasive broadband distribution is no longer a problem. Thus the traditional source of their importance and the guarantee of their ongoing relevance, control over the distribution channels, has disappeared.

Emusic.com is a pretty good example what is now possible outside of the tradional distribution channels. The old guard should be scared, as they are no longer necessary. Over the next couple of years expect to see some very big superstar status acts opt for self distribution rather than renewing their contract with their label.

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