Even if you as a user choose to remain free from coercive relationships
like that imposed by DRM, if a significant fraction of people are lured
into such a situation, it gives the coercive party more power -- to the
point that perhaps there will be no device on the market that preserves
That is why it's up to the open source folks to prove to people that having DRM is detrimental. If there are actually compelling and good reasons why DRM should not be used then we need to help people understand it and also prove it.
This is a good opportunity to do this. Even though the platform is restrictive enough to make DRM seem feasible it's completely opt-out. Prove to people that DRM is not necessary then they can opt-out. Once Nokia and everybody else in the world sees that people are opting out and are not sacrificing freedom for comfort then it will be that much more easy in the future to convince people to make devices more open.
Like the other person said these sort of hand held devices started out with very negative approach to end user freedoms.. but have now started to progress in our direction.
The reality of the situation is that people are, and should be, free to make decisions on what sort of trade-offs they are willing to make in their lives. The world is full of necessary evils and compromises between people with different viewpoints and ethical frameworks. The more we are able to prove that freedom is self-evident then the more freedom we, and other people, are going to get.
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