Public Benefit is the Question
Posted Oct 13, 2006 2:03 UTC (Fri) by sepreece
In reply to: Public Benefit is the Question
Parent article: Similar in spirit?
Umm, The topic of the thread was technology used to lock down software so the user/owner can't modify it. That's TC, not DRM. TC is often used in implementing DRM, but is not iteslf DRM, in normal usage.
Your belief that fear of liability is fanciful may make you comfortable, but the corporate lawyers I know disagree with you. And, yes, a device that is user-serviceable carries more potential for liability than one that isn't, other things being equal. I never said it was practical or a goal to remove all risk of liability; that doesn't reduce the impetus to reduce it where the cost is not prohibitive.
"I have been asking for an explanation of how DRM might benefit the public as well as criticising some examples that seem poorly thought out (specifically voting machines, x-ray equipment, liability and reputation)."
Cell phones are a reasonable example of a place where there is a public good in making operating software non-modifiable except by authorized parties. Modified cell phones could be used to disrupt cellular networks that are considered to be public safety assets. As to actual DRM, as opposed to TC, I guess I'd have to ask how you define "public benefit". Is it a public benefit to make content available to consumers that otherwise would not be?
I did not say you said that market segmentation was nefarious, I said you had posited commercial and nefarious raasons. I intended that to mean reasons that were commercial and reasons that were nefarious, but I guess that it was ambiguous.
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