[ubuntu-uk] BBC Consultation[Scanned]

Andy stude.list at googlemail.com
Thu Feb 1 17:21:56 GMT 2007

On 01/02/07, Paul Brunt <paul.brunt at armourhe.co.uk> wrote:
> that means the BBC will have to come up with some
> sort of DRM for Linux if we want to use the service.

Well they don't need to come up with a secure DRM scheme as they don't
have one of those for Windows either, (one could argue that a secure
software based DRM scheme can not exist).

So we can accept that it will be breakable.

Its not hard to make a DRM scheme for Linux, why does the OS even
matter? C/C++/Java/Python code is portable, or do they want to use
.NET or something?

Software DRM works only on the assumption that one can not determine
how the "authorised" program works. You can do that just as easily on
Linux, just compile the code, yes it can be reverse engineered but you
could never hide it anyway, the CPU needs to be able to understand it.

I could probably write a DRM program in Bash, if I knew more about
shell scripting and had a clue about awk and sed and what not.

_ Andy

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