[ubuntu-uk] BBC Consultation[Scanned]

Neil Greenwood neil.greenwood.lug at gmail.com
Fri Feb 2 14:11:46 GMT 2007

On 01/02/07, Daniel Watkins <D.M.Watkins at warwick.ac.uk> wrote:
> Andy wrote:
> > 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 disagree. Software DRM works only on the assumption that if either you
> break it or you take advantage of you having broken it, you can be sued
> for breaking it. The companies who build this defect into their product
> do it knowing that it doesn't stop people using it, it stop people using
> it 'legally'.

I'm not sure that's right. A license will stop you using it legally,
you don't need DRM for that.
You use DRM to enforce the license.


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