Similar in spirit?
Posted Oct 6, 2006 22:31 UTC (Fri) by pimlott
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I agree that the weak point in my scenario lies in the relationships between the parties. If you can show that the media player maker is colluding with the device manufacturer or the media distributors to keep users from exercising their rights, you might be able to use the GPLv3 against them. But I am not as sanguine about this as you: I still fear that courts would not consider my scenario (or some variation) collusion. DRM is still an experiment, and we should keep an open (that is, cynical) mind about all of the imaginitive ways in which the media industry will try to use it.
On your point 0: the checksum list is maintained by the media distributor, so there is no need for a master key.
Also, you seem to have made some interpretation I didn't intend about what's in the media player binary. At least, I don't know what "sequences 'lifted' from an Hollywood media" refers to. What I had in mind is simply that the media player only plays files signed by the media distributor's public key and enforces use restrictions specified in the files. If I offered such a binary (along with its sources) on my web site, having no relationship with any device manufacturer or media distributor, just to be ornery, surely I wouldn't be violating any license.
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