Similar in spirit?
Posted Oct 5, 2006 14:35 UTC (Thu) by sepreece
In reply to: Similar in spirit?
Parent article: Similar in spirit?
A number of these complaints fail to distinguish between the copy you bought and your rights under copyright.
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
No, it doesn't. At that point you are free to circumvent the DRM, because the work is no longer under copyright. Copyright does not require them to provide you with a copy when the copyright expires, it just bars you from making your own copy in the meantime.
"I have a right to copy limited portions of a work still in
copyright for use in a review or research. DRM curtails that
Yes, you have a right to copy limited portions of a work. However, the copyright owner is NOT required to provide you with those portions. If you make a copy (say by videotaping a TV playback) to use in a review or research, that is not infringing. But there is nothing in the law that requires that you be able to copy such excerpts from a piece of licensed media that you own.
"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
Now that's a good argument. That's one to take to your representative and ask for legislation that specifically protects consumers against such reporting. It has, however, nothing specifically to do with DRM.
I think DRM makes content less desirable. People should object to it and push back on the content owners to not use it, just as consumers once successfully marginalized copy protection on software. I wouldn't mind seeing a mandatory licensing law that barred DRM and required payment of a small royalty on blank media, as consumers and device manufacturers also once successfully demanded. I would also love to see the DMCA repealed.
I just don't think the anti-DRM language in GPLv3 draft 2 will accomplish anything other than causing some amount of fracturing within the community.
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