[Nottingham] BBC iPlayer petition
Peter.Chang at nottingham.ac.uk
Thu Jul 5 16:23:37 BST 2007
On Thu, 5 Jul 2007, Martin Garton wrote:
> On Thu, 2007-07-05 at 13:34 +0100, Richard Smedley wrote:
>> Actually Free Software DRM, using unique key pairs, is just as
>> practical as proprietary MS DRM. The differnce being the Free
>> Software solution would be cross-platform, and freely implementable
>> on unsupported platforms. The similarity being that both are
>> fig-leaves to please suits working for the soi-disant rights-holders,
>> and do nothing to prevent either cracking, or real commercial
>> piracy which gets the programmes from other channels anyway.
> How, in an open source implementation that can easily be changed, are
> you going to prevent the attacker simply changing the software to save
> the decrypted content rather than displaying it?
You're not. As Richard said, it's a figleaf. A closed binary doesn't make
it much harder unless the operating system and hardware platform can be
secured against the user/owner of the machine a la TC.
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