Laser & DRM
Posted Oct 5, 2006 15:33 UTC (Thu) by GreyWizard
In reply to: Laser & DRM
Parent article: Similar in spirit?
I don't doubt the sincerity with which you present this argument but it makes no sense to me. Either a shop owner owns or does not own the laser scanner. In the first case (as long as the manufacturer properly documents applicable regulations and potential safety hazards) modifications that break the law are clearly the responsibility of that owner. In the second case there is no reason the actual owner can't deploy tamper resistance and anti-DRM licensed software at the same time.
This appeal to emotion with regard to "hurting the little guy" doesn't stand up to reason. There are innumerable ways in which an employer could abuse an employee. Most have nothing to do with software, but an accounting package could accept payments below the minimum wage, cash registers could generate fake errors that the employee is forced to pay for and so on and so fort. Do you propose to address all of these problems with DRM too?
The law already deals with such problems effectively, but if we re-solve them with technology we can force the shop keeper to rent the devices from a third party (possibly the vendor) and use tamper resistance to achieve the same effect. An owner has historically been able to use property in any manner desired without interference from any party other than the government. Why should software change the definition of ownership?
to post comments)