Over the top
Posted Jun 2, 2009 3:32 UTC (Tue) by BrucePerens
In reply to: Over the top
Parent article: Okular, Debian, and copy restrictions
What's up is that I think other folks have rights too. What we're talking about now is a "soft" approach to rights management that can be disabled in a few clicks. If we don't let authors have that much, what is going to keep them from locking their works up so well that Open Source can't ever be used to view them. Sometimes we really do go too far.
But putting up that soft, overridable not-quite-DRM, think some, violates their fair use rights. The reality is that fair use is a defense rather than an affirmative right. You don't really have them the way you think. And that's less than optimal, I agree.
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