The Good and Bad of DRM defense

Here is the right way to tell people about DRM and freedom. I’m sorry I can’t embed it here, YouTube says “Embedding disabled by request” (who talks about DRM…) You should also read the EFF original story.

Unfortunately, the freedom fighters are not always that good. Here is an entirely wrong way to attack the problem. Hint: don’t watch that movie, it’s boring. Instead of making simple points in a humorous way, we get a lot of talking heads, all on the same side of the story except for a few “bad guys”. Only the analogy with music remotely hits a chord in that whole movie. Yawn…

Don’t get fooled, though. There is a war going on, a war to grab land and power, a war to get more control. That war is currently being played on your iPhone by Apple, on your PS3 by Sony. But it’s all about denying you rights that you have and that you should fight to keep. Gizmodo says it quite well:

Ars Technica analysis of piracy causes

Ars Technica discusses the 10 “inconvenient truths” posted by IFPI. I find their analysis pretty to the point:

When it comes to disparaging those who favor a softer copyright policy, Ars has an inconvenient truth of our own to share with the music industry: these are the sort of tactics that only entrench consumer opposition.

‘nuf said.

Stupidest reasoning of the year

According to this article, companies called MRT and BlueBeat are threatening various corporations (Apple, Microsoft, Adobe) for not using their Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) technology. Their reasoning, according to the article?

MRT and Bluebeat said the failure to use an available copyright protection solution contravenes the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which prohibits the manufacture of any product or technology designed to circumvent a technological measure that effectively controls access to a copyrighted work or protects the rights of copyright owners.

Huh? If this is true (and Forbes is reputable enough to give some credit to the story), this has to be the stupidest bogus reasoning of the year. How is not using a technology the same thing as circumventing it? By this reasoning, if you see a building with a security checkpoint and surrounded by fences (a clear indication that trying to circumvent the security checkpoint will get you in trouble), be warned that you have to enter it, because not entering can be assimilated to circumvention.

Yeah, right.