Ed Felten has posted some
from a Microsoft white paper (available as a
2MB Word-format document
) on "content protection" for Windows systems.
It shows that the entertainment industry is now truly driving the design of
our hardware and Microsoft's software. For example, before a new cipher
for content encryption will be implemented: "The evidence must be
presented to Hollywood and other content owners, and they must agree that
it provides the required level of security. Written proof from at least
three of the major Hollywood studios is required.
" The document as
a whole is a worthwhile read - it shows the extent to which the industry is
willing to go to protect our computers from their owners.
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