Budget and DMCA corporate welfare
Posted Feb 17, 2009 20:13 UTC (Tue) by dmarti
In reply to: Budget and DMCA corporate welfare
Parent article: Apple: why iPhone jailbreaking should not be allowed
Good point. The subsidy to Apple and Adobe has to be balanced against (1) The harm to customers and the public domain they use (2) The value that would have been created by the startups that anticircumvention suppresses (3) The costs of providing security coverage and administration for non-upgradeable, DRM-enforced technologies (4) The cost of works lost to users and libraries because they're not legally copyable when original media fails...and not just (5) the cost of enforcement.
And that's not even counting the political risks of non-quotable, take-backable speech by politicians.
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