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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RE: Linus gets it
by archiesteel on Fri 3rd Feb 2006 16:08 UTC in reply to "Linus gets it"
archiesteel
Member since:
2005-07-02

To eradicate DRM:

1) Compete in the marketplace. Create 'open' content to challenge 'closed' content.
2) Vote.


Actually, there is something else that consumer can use to fight DRM: litigation through class-action lawsuits. Many of the DRM strategies put forth by the MPAA and the RIAA go against the constitutional rights of Fair Use.

I do agree that 2) (voting) is important, unfortunately industry lobbies are too powerful in the States, and as such voting has very little effect (i.e. they give money to both parties).

As for 1), well, it is VERY expensive to make movies, it's not like the IT business where a good idea and some VC will help you with your start-up. The market is quite hard to get into.

So, all in all, litigation is probably the best way to break DRM...

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RE[2]: Linus gets it
by archiesteel on Fri 3rd Feb 2006 17:11 in reply to "RE: Linus gets it"
archiesteel Member since:
2005-07-02

Libraries may become an unlikely ally in the fight against DRM:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/4675280.stm

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RE[3]: Linus gets it
by msundman on Fri 3rd Feb 2006 17:27 in reply to "RE[2]: Linus gets it"
msundman Member since:
2005-07-06

> Libraries may become an unlikely ally in the fight against DRM

Actually not at all unlikely. Considering the fact that they are largely responsible for storing information, it should come as no surprise that they don't want the information locked up in some obscure format they cannot access after a few years. (Sure, there are many librarians who haven't been bitten by DRM yet, but with current trends they will all be against DRM sooner rather than later.)

Also, this year we will hopefully see a new wave of eBook reader devices (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ebook_device#Future for more), and as they become more popular, so will the awareness of "DRM hell" among consumers.

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RE[2]: Linus gets it
by halfmanhalfamazing on Sat 4th Feb 2006 03:34 in reply to "RE: Linus gets it"
halfmanhalfamazing Member since:
2005-07-23

----------Actually, there is something else that consumer can use to fight DRM: litigation through class-action lawsuits. Many of the DRM strategies put forth by the MPAA and the RIAA go against the constitutional rights of Fair Use.------------

No they don't. The problem is that you are forgetting that it isn't just the MPAA and the RIAA who are in this fight. You also have scumbags like Dr Dre and Metallica who would label us all a bunch of thieves.

It's the Dre's and Metallica's of the world who are pushing the MPAA and RIAA to do what it does.

Go ahead and look up their comments on google. (remember napster!)

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