Not good enough then
Posted Dec 13, 2005 7:38 UTC (Tue) by man_ls
In reply to: Here's the DRM support I could get behind
Parent article: GStreamer to support DRM
It only has to be good enough to defeat the typical college student [...]
Then it's no good, since anyone can connect to the internet and download instructions / software written by the non-typical geeky college student who can
You can frighten the guy so he will not make the software public, but then Ed Felten or someone like him will pick the story up, host the software and defend the case in courts. And since code is a manner of speech, and free speech must be guaranteed by the US constitution, he will win. Or a similar story in Europe.
In the end it's hard to ban free speech.
Software-only DRM is pretty dumb, though, if that's what you were referring to.
DVDs were a combination of hardware + software, and they failed. Since software is infinitely flexible, it can simulate any hardware.
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