[Scottish] Fwd: [macinfo] How YOU can help make the BBCMac-friendly, again

Alan Pope alan at popey.com
Wed Feb 21 10:00:46 GMT 2007

On Wed, Feb 21, 2007 at 09:20:48AM +0000, Daniel Owens wrote:
> >
> >So DRM is about making your computer refuse to obey you - its owner. 
> Why would you want to ask your computer to break the agreement under 
> which you obtained somebody's copyright material?

"Because it's my computer" might be one answer.

"Why would you want your car to do more than 70MPH when the speed limit is 70?".

We already have a means to enforce copyright and that is the legal system. It is also used for 
everything else from speeding, theft and fraud to rape, murder and manslaughter. It's not foolproof 
but it is a framework that society has put in place to discourage people from breaking the law, and 
punish those that do. Note: I am not drawing a comparision between rape and copyright infringement, 
merely that the law is used to impose penalties on those that break those laws.

DRM is a technical means to attempt to further enforce the copyright laws in the copyright holders 
favour. As a consumer of digital content I would like to be able to move the data around on my 
computers to suit my viewing habits. DRM prevents me doing this. What I (and others) wish to do with 
the media we consume is play it where we want, on the device we want when we want. I don't 
particularly want to reduce the copyright holders potential revenue stream by giving copies of their 
content to others, I just want to consume the content in the way I have done for analog content for 

> The GPL and other open source licencing systems exist to protect and 
> enshrine the copyright of the work of developers like us.   Why should 
> we not respect a system that is intended to protect creative people's 
> copyright within a different commercial model?

The GPL doesn't *force* you to make your code available, it sets out in legal terms that you should. 
If you modify a GPL licensed program and distribute the binary version to your customers, the source 
code doesn't magically ftp itself to gnu.org/foo and announce itself on freshmeat. It is up to you 
to make the source available, and up to the community and legal system to police and enforce that 

> I do think that DRM technology is often abused, I do think that aspects 
> of the media industry are paranoid, I also think that creative people 
> like us deserve to make a living doing what we love.

I fail to see how me copying a legitimately purchased piece of digital content to a different device 
for my own consumption prevents you from making money. Please elaborate.


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