[cc-licenses] Subject: Re: Version 3.0 - List Discussion Responses

Rob Myers rob at robmyers.org
Sun Oct 1 09:40:39 EDT 2006


Mark Brown wrote:
> I can't think of a license that attempts to do much beyond parallel
> distribution that has actually become popular.  Remember that free
> software people are also often the sort of people who will do things
> like encrypt the hard drives on their laptops for security purposes.

Encryption is not DRM.

As encryption, DRM is a bad joke. You give a third party both the 
encrypted data and the key to unencrypt it (see Cory Doctorow's 
Microsoft talk on this). But you also legally bind them not to break the 
key. It is this law that gives DRM its power, not encryption that 
hackers crack a few hours after each update.

- Rob.



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