DRM and public benefit.
Posted Sep 23, 2006 12:50 UTC (Sat) by man_ls
In reply to: DRM is not evil, just useless.
Parent article: Kernel developers' position on GPLv3
Hacking your PSP does not harm others; it just makes a device more useful. Sony will tell you that it causes infinite harm to poor games programmers and their families, blah blah, but it is just an inference; it could be that unlicensed distribution boosts sales, as it has happened in some sectors of the music or the computer industries.
On the other hand causing interference to others can directly harm others. There is a distinct public benefit in spectrum regulation, even if it can be abused for private gains. Likewise with weapon regulations. Comparing these things with DRM is fallacious and irresponsible, and a bit sad too.
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