Liability & Reputation
Posted Oct 6, 2006 15:14 UTC (Fri) by GreyWizard
In reply to: Laser & DRM
Parent article: Similar in spirit?
Both reasons are unconvincing. Many products are dangerous but cannot be made safer using DRM so the law must find a balance between requirments for manufacturers and end user responsibility. Why should a standard that suffices for makers of guns and baby toys not work for software too? Most people don't believe vendors should be held accountable for specialized changes made by third parties, so this is a public relations problem rather than a technical one.
But all of this is really beside the point. I didn't ask why a manufactuer might want to deploy DRM because that's obvious. Controlling devices after sale allows advanced market segmentation as well as more nefarious things that have been described elsewhere. I am asking if there is a public benefit that might justify the costs of tolerating DRM, not least of which is confounding the age old notion of ownernship which has served society well.
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