Similar in spirit?
Posted Oct 5, 2006 3:49 UTC (Thu) by AJWM
In reply to: Similar in spirit?
Parent article: Similar in spirit?
I hesitate to feed the obvious troll, but...
> A manufacturer has every right to incorporate any kind of technology into his device and offer it for sale, as long as it does not break any laws.
Certainly. And software developers have every right to refuse to allow their software to be used in such devices.
>[DRM users] as evil abusers of rights that you do not have
I have a right to purchase a copy of a work, hold on to it for 95 years (or whatever the current limit is), and then make free use of that work in any way I choose. DRM curtails that right.
I have a right to copy limited portions of a work still in copyright for use in a review or research. DRM curtails that right.
I have a right to privacy. Spyware embedded in a device sold for an entirely different purpose, which does not permit me to remove the spyware without damaging the device, curtails that right.
I have a right to the peaceable enjoyment of a system which I own. Certain DRM measures, such as the Sony rootkit, can and have curtailed that right.
These are all rights encoded in existing law, which (bad) DRM threatens.
Can you honestly defend Sony's rootkit malware as "NOT an abusive use of" technology or the general public? Didn't think so.
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