The grumpy editor's e-book reader
Posted Jul 24, 2009 0:35 UTC (Fri) by giraffedata
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how do you protect party A if party B tells party C that they have the right distribute something when they really don't?
I don't know who Party A is here and what damage he's being protected from, but I think this is the same as an ancient hardware issue: If I sell a gold watch to a pawn shop, swearing that I own it, and the pawn shop sells the watch to you, and then the guy I stole the watch from sees you with it, you have to give it back to him. The pawn shop also has to give you back your money, and knows this well enough that it probably won't make you sue for it. I was smart enough to make sure the pawn shop can't find me, so the pawn shop takes a loss.
Pawn shops do various things to ameliorate the problem, including requiring ID from sellers. But in part, they just figure in the risk to the cost of doing business, which is probably where Amazon comes down when it agrees to distribute stuff based on little proof that it has a valid license to do so.
For some especially risky hardware, such as automobiles and houses, we solve the problem by having the government track ownership so a buyer can know the seller really has ownership to transfer. Something like that might be workable with software.
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