Here's the DRM support I could get behind
Posted Dec 13, 2005 1:24 UTC (Tue) by drag
In reply to: Here's the DRM support I could get behind
Parent article: GStreamer to support DRM
At first I was like 'ok, that's weird, but the real solution is not to give money to people that use DRM'... which is the most correct stance I figure.
But later I though, 'well, should we realy be helping these people out? (think of the RIAA/itunes/etc) If they want DRM in Linux, then let them deal with it.' They don't need any help from OSS community to make it more acceptable to people. That is what keeps those advertisers in business.
But then I remembered that DRM type stuff can actually have legitimate uses.
Like gstreamer isn't just a multimedia _playback_ it's for multimedia creation, programming, and modification. So then with gstreamer-enabled programs like recorders or transcoders or whatnot then DRM has limited use for individuals protecting themselves and their privacy.
A couple for isntances are: Protecting recordings of confidential conversations. Like if you'd want a lawyer to keep a recording of meetings with yourself for criminal proceedings and be able to send those recordings to a colleague to a guy half way around the world.
Or encrypting VoIP stuff for a business... or being able to send 'sensitive' personal stuff from/to a girlfriend or stuff like that.
DRM by itself isn't going to keep it safe forever, but it's another layer of security that may be helpfull.
People use encrypted drives and loopback files for storing stuff, or used encryption in emails and such.. this is the same thing, but with audio/video.
People also use encryption for websites and plenty of free software supports that.
Now if that was to 'break' drm, then that is wonderfull... but Fluendo can't hardly support that since they'd get busted under the DMCA or at least they wouldn't be able to distribute anything in the USA and no propriatory codec creating company (Microsoft, Apple, etc) would have anything to do with it or Fluendo.
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