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Russell McOrmond
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posted 10 May 2005 04:58 PM      Profile for Russell McOrmond   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I would like to point out this contribution I made to about copyright and regulation of new-media technology

It begins with:

One of the most interesting areas to be politically involved in at the moment is technology law. This is an arena where, “To err is human, to really fowl things up requires misunderstanding a computer”.

When you take political positions offered by various groups and filter them through an understanding of how computers work, you end up with conflicting situations. And I say that as someone who's been building, repairing and programming various types since 1981.

The most heated debate in digital copyright today centers on Digital Rights Management (DRM). Most people commenting on DRM do so from the interpretation offered by those selling it: that it gives copyright holders digital control over whether someone can copy their work. They claim that with DRM in place, only those who are authorized to copy will be able to.

The problem is, the technology needed to directly accomplish this goal can't exist.

At the point where a copy might be made, only two entities have control: the owner of the device, and the DRM vendor. Copyright holders can never be given direct control and must always chose between which of those two groups they trust most. These DRM vendors are transnational corporations headquartered predominantly in the United States.

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[ 10 May 2005: Message edited by: Russell McOrmond ]

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