Sunday, January 15, 2006

Digital Rights Management

Den hardt arbeidende Ross Anderson skriver om Digital Rights Management til The Parliament:
I would like finally to suggest the following analogy. During the eighteenth centry, Parliament redefined the role of the state from defending faith to defending property. During the nineteenth, the limits of private property were worked out - from the abolition of slavery to the regulation of the railways. We now face a similar process for intellectual property. Parliament has decided that creativity must be defended just as much as land or gold; the limits now have to be worked out. The framework should be erected by elected legislators, and specific cases should be decided by judged - not be the programmers who create the DRM mechanisms. Digital rights are too important for that.
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