3 Apr 2003 19:06
Re: [OS:N:] Legislation threatening Open ...
<charles.macdonald <at> hrdc-drhc.gc.ca>
2003-04-03 17:06:24 GMT
2003-04-03 17:06:24 GMT
Chris Spencer <CSpencer <at> CAIT.org> Sez: <<Most of these new laws are aimed at preventing people from gaining access to copyrighted materials. Think outside the box.>> <<It's important to remember that the laws don't keep 'developers' from looking at the source and with the Open Source products....everyone is a developer.>> The fear is that being "outside the box" will itself become restricted.. The trust of many of these ideas seems to be to make personal computers just another link in the "trusted device" chain between the "content industries" and consumers. In that world normal consumers can only buy tv sets/computers/video games that "consume" content created by "content providers" those providers in turn use "Profesional Grade" equipment, which is perhaps under some sort of restrictive licence. Many theatrical movies are shot with a "Panaflex" (™) camera, But even Ted Turner has to rent one from Panavison(™) if he wants to use one. Same thing with A Dolby(™) 5.1(™) ENcoder. <<I support the rights of developers and content providers to make copyrighted materials. I just am no longer supporting most of those people. Particularly those people that try to make stupid laws to stifle innovation and freedom.>> The Fear is that the only computers legaly available to a consumer in North America will end up being "locked down" to the point they will only be able to boot an "authorised" OS and the licence status of every file on the hard drive (if the unit even allows local storage) will be checked every time you try to use the file. The only folks who are allowed to develop that software are under a NDA/contract with the authorised OS provider. All in the name of having a filter that detects watermarks if you try to use digital "content" in ways that the producer has not specificaly authorised. Remember that even now "server" class machines generaly only have FCC approval for use in Office locations. (I know that many folks ignore that requirment.) In the worst case, our existing software would only work on existing machines - machines that you could no-longer legaly buy or sell. (I am only expresing my own opinion here. Perhaps the folks who I have been talking about are even more pesimistic than I am. I don't think their is anyone who is against folks being paid for what they do if that is their wish, the fear is that by using technology to enforce "DRM" the ability to use our personal computers as tools for communications and creativity may be comprimised. ) Charles MacDonald - Labour Information Management charles.macdonald <at> hrdc-drhc.gc.ca < My own Opinion unless Otherwise Credited > _______________________________________________ Subscription and Archive: https://listman.redhat.com/mailman/listinfo/open-source-now-list/ - For K12OS technical help join K12OSN: <https://listman.redhat.com/mailman/listinfo/k12osn>