Similar in spirit?
Posted Oct 5, 2006 18:40 UTC (Thu) by AJWM
In reply to: Similar in spirit?
Parent article: Similar in spirit?
>> "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."
> 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.
In the TiVo case, it does. Tivo's argument for locking down the box is that the content industries are demanding it, so that one can't use the Tivo for anything but time shifting (explicitly allowed under the Betamax decision). Hence, a DRM measure. That lockdown also conveniently prevents users from disabling the piece that records your recording/viewing habits and occasionally phones home with them.
In other words, the manufacturer is using DRM as a convenient excuse for preventing the disabling of spyware.
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