[ubuntu-uk] BBC Consultation[Scanned]

Daniel Watkins D.M.Watkins at warwick.ac.uk
Fri Feb 2 15:29:15 GMT 2007


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Neil Greenwood wrote:
> 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.
In the grand scheme of things, DRM as it currently exists is too
pathetic to be considered much of a technological hurdle. Indeed, if DRM
is such a big deal, why are we still able to decode DVDs using libdvdcss
which must have been written yonks ago? If it weren't simply a case of
legal manouevering, there would have been a mass recall of DVD players
and new encoding would have been used. Or why is it that DRM for the two
next-gen media formats has already been broken?

I don't disagree with you, but DRM is there to force you to _do_
something in order to use unlicensed media, so you can't just throw your
hands up when accused and look innocent.

Dan
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