[Cdn-DMCA] Rights Management Information - some thoughts..
kris at melon.org
Fri Apr 5 00:04:21 EST 2002
On Thu, Apr 04, 2002 at 09:14:08PM -0500, Russell McOrmond wrote:
> What is "Rights Management Information" other than information relating
> to the moral rights of the creator? If this relates to moral rights
> *ALONE* and not economic monopoly privileges, then is there a problem for
> Is there any way to implement RMI for economic privileges without TPM?
> I can't envision any - someone please fill me in.... With economic
> monopoly privilege I mean legal protection for technology encoding
> information such as
> "this file can play 3 times"
> "this file expires on April 1".
I think it's worth pointing out that neither of those assertions are
copy rights, nor should the be. For commercial priveleges, I think we
should really be encouraging that it be restricted to some work-alike
of the COPYING file that you always get in GNU source and documentation
trees. (Note that there are penalties for redistributing the tree
without the COPYING file included.)
AFAIK, the government is basically proposing that something lying
somewhere between an URL and an ISBN can be attached to any copyrighted
file to serve the purpose of the COPYING file, except it is protected
in its own right, instead of beinf part of the terms of the
Of course, if this isn't what they're shooting for, then this is where
we want to point them (as it's not yet prudent to suggest rejection of
Kristofer Coward http://unripe.melon.org/
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