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digital media rights [Jun. 18th, 2004|02:50 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
Cory Doctorow’s Microsoft Research DRM talk. A must-read.

(via evan, gaal, boingboing_net, etc...)
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From: melusina_shadow
2004-06-18 03:24 pm (UTC)
That was a good read - I really enjoyed his perspective.
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[User Picture]From: spottman
2004-06-18 05:16 pm (UTC)
Wow.
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[User Picture]From: muerte
2004-06-18 09:30 pm (UTC)
That was by far one of the best reads I've had in a long time. Talk about someone who "gets it."

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From: edmcman
2004-06-18 10:28 pm (UTC)
Very well thought out and down to earth.

I thought #4 was a bit of a stretch, but the rest were great.
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From: jamesd
2004-06-20 02:54 am (UTC)
Nicely written but with one flaw: "there's no copyright here or in anywhere I know of that says that an author should be able to control where you enjoy her creative works, once you've paid for them".

US law says that. You may not import in bulk copyrighted works made outside the US into the US without the permission of the US copyright holder. You may do it if the works were made in the US, exported then re-imported. See Quality King Distributors, Inc. v. L'anza Research International, Inc. for details of why (though that case covers the exception, where you can do it - re-importation). Simple restraint of trade competition and a global market. But the law.

The example is somewhat saved in the DVD case because John Hoy, president of the DVD Copy Control Association, in testimony to the Library of Congress in 2003 stated "furthermore, if a consumer in the United States desires to view a DVD disc that has been region coded only for Europe, then that consumer is free to purchase a DVD player (either hardware or software) that is coded to play European DVDs. No legal restrictions apply – either through the CSS license or otherwise – to the importation and use of non-U.S. region players in the United States" (reply comments, comment 28, page 4, PDF document).

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[User Picture]From: scosol
2004-06-21 04:02 pm (UTC)
hahah

with ridiculous gems like "DRM systems are broken in minutes, sometimes days. Rarely,
months. It's not because the people who think them up are stupid.
It's not because the people who break them are smart. It's not
because there's a flaw in the algorithms. At the end of the day,
all DRM systems share a common vulnerability: they provide their
attackers with ciphertext, the cipher and the key. At this point,
the secret isn't a secret anymore."


do i really want to read the rest?
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[User Picture]From: scosol
2004-06-22 06:04 pm (UTC)
ok im done reading it-

While not technically very sound, he does IMo have some good societal points.
Only very sophisticated organizations can counterfeit money- does that mean that money should have no anti-counterfeiting measures?
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