[ubuntu-uk] Alan Cox Files DRM Patent (article)

alan c aeclist at candt.waitrose.com
Mon Jan 15 16:04:07 GMT 2007

quote from article:
Alan Cox, developer of the Linux Kernel, has filed a patent 
application seeking to obtain ownership of DRM, and all the 
technologies surrounding it. Taken from the patent abstract, Cox 
asserts the origins of DRM and outlines the practice in detail:

A rights management system monitors and controls use of a computer 
program to prevent use that is not in compliance with acceptable 
terms. The system monitors usage of the computer program for usage and 
activities that are not in compliance with the license or other use terms.

Upon detection of a violation of these terms, state information 
pertaining to the computer program is saved and operation of the 
computer program and/or a portion of the computer system is suspended. 
The system maintains the suspension for as long as the violation 
exists. Once compliance has been reestablished, the suspension is 


interesting times eh?
Alan Cocks
Kubuntu user#10391

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