[d at DCC] Help drafting new TPM petition for parliament
robin at millette.info
Sat Jul 1 22:07:14 EDT 2006
I'd like to participate more, hopefully I will on this topic.
Before I respond to Robert, I was wondering if the current petition
isn't too long for a single sheet of paper. I'm sure you checked and
this is a draft, but I wanted to make sure.
On 7/1/06, Robert Smits <bob at rsmits.ca> wrote:
> I confess. I don't understand this. A CD could have encoded into it the date
> of expiration of copyright. The software on the CD doesn't have to do
> anything except carry this information. The player software could then check
> the date for expiration and know how to decrypt the information. And, of
> course, the information about how to do this needs to be available to all
> software developers, including FLOSS.
> Why can't this work?
First, who's to say what is the expiration date? Right now, it's 50
years after the death of the creator, but that could change, we only
have to look at mickey.
Laws are one thing when used in court, it's a whole other thing to
encode them in a CD as is if laws were perpetual.
Having meta data on the CD (or for any medium) is always handy. Taking
that a step further and shipping tied software will generally reduce
Then again, be carefull what you call a CD. It's not enough to be a
round shiny disc :)
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