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Friday, February 28, 2003

DRM: discussions of Microsoft's thinking
At the DRM conference, some discussions of Microsoft's thinking about its DRM projects.

John Manferdelli described principles underlying Redmond's work. DRM should:

  • Not restrict people’s work, but enable new stuff (things they won’t risk now)
  • Not impose policy, since policies change and are hard to anticipate
  • Be opt-in, not mandatory
  • Benefit both corporations and individuals
  • Create a positive user experience
  • Involve negotiating equilibrium in trusted spaces
  • Not censor or disable content with user’s permission
  • Not lock out vendors or formats
  • Not allow someone to own a machine key
  • Be a choice in a competitive market
  • Deal with the darknet

Lucky Green, of Cypherpunks.to, had some dissent to offer.

    What is trusted computing? “Trust means third parties can trust that your computer will disobey your wishes"

    An understated goal of DRM: to work in office productivity software, on email, documents.

    A problem: will a third-party application that is compatible with a DRM-wrapped file format be judged as an anti-circumvention device? If so, will DRM make it illegal to create interoperable software in the US?

    Opt-in? [Green displayed a picture of steam-powered, rather than gas-burning, car] “Sure, you don't have to opt in – you don’t have to turn on your computer, and you don’t have to activate this one thing absolutely necessary for your day job.”

:: posted by Bryan, 3:38 PM |

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