A Copyfighter’s Musings : Open Does Beat Closed, Unless By “Open” You Actually Mean Closed

Say it with Ed* now: “DRM, in other words, strives to create incompatibility between the approved devices and uses, and the unapproved ones. Incompatibility isn’t an unfortunate side-effect of deficient DRM systems — it’s the goal of DRM.

We as consumers can not afford to lose sight of this very important statement.

* Ed – Freedom to Tinker – article linked is called: A Perfectly Compatible Form of Incompatibility. A must read. Here’s just a sampling:

The whole point of DRM technology is to prevent people from moving music usefully from point A to point B, at least sometimes. To make DRM work, you have to ensure that not just anybody can build a music player — otherwise people will build players that don’t obey the DRM restrictions you want to connect to the content. DRM, in other words, strives to create incompatibility between the approved devices and uses, and the unapproved ones. Incompatibility isn’t an unfortunate side-effect of deficient DRM systems — it’s the goal of DRM.

A perfectly compatible, perfectly transparent DRM system is a logical impossibility.

Much more in the article.

Gotta love Ed’s Freedom to Tinker site. For any tinkerer, it’s a duh.

Freedom to Tinker … is your freedom to understand, discuss, repair, and modify the technological devices you own.

You tell’em Ed!

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