Digital "Rights" Management, Digital Restrictions Management, Dishonest Relationship Misinformation

This is a generic acronym used to describe a system of software, often including technical measures, used by copyright holders who "claim" that this stops or reduces copyright infringement. DRM in fact does not affect those engaged in unlawful activities, and can only impose hidden digitally encoded contract terms on law abiding citizens.

Please see: Alphabet soup of acronyms: TPM, DRM, TCPA, RMS, RMI, Protecting property rights in a digital world.

Toronto Star: `TPMs': A perfect storm for consumers

This Toronto Star article by Michael Geist concludes:

In fact, the time has come for all Canadians to speak out and to tell the responsible ministers along with their local MPs what is increasingly self-evident. Canada does not need protection for technological protection measures. In order to maintain our personal privacy, a vibrant security research community, a competitive marketplace, and a fair copyright balance, we need protection from them.

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Grokster and America's future

This CNET News.com article by Mark Cuban includes:

In reality, this case isn't about whether music or movies are illegally downloaded using P2P software. This is purely about control. The entertainment industry wants control over technology that could impact its business.

The problem for the entertainment industry is that they don't have standing in this case. At the point where something is copied or not there are only two entities that do: The DRM manufacturer and the owner of the device. There is no possibility the entertainment industry can be put in control, only the possibility of a proxy which that industry mistakenly trusts.

Wired: Hide Your IPod, Here Comes Bill

This Wired article by Leander Kahney includes:

"About 80 percent of Microsoft employees who have a portable music player have an iPod," said one source, a high-level manager who asked to remain anonymous. "It's pretty staggering."

When Microsoft recognized the threat that Netscape posed to their desktop monopoly, Microsoft responded with all the aggression they could (including things outside of the boundaries of the law). Given that the winner of the DRM wars will effectively be the gatekeepers of culture, the stakes this time are considerably higher.

What is the most important feature of the Internet? Dis-intermediation!

What is the most important feature of the Internet? Dis-intermediation!

When asked what I believe is the most important feature of the Internet, I boil it down to one thing: dis-intermediation.

New term in taxonomy: Digital Rights Management (DRM)

I have added a new term in the taxonomy: Digital Rights Management (DRM). Since this system is more properly seen as a replacement to copyright, it was decided that a separate term from PCT was needed.

There is considerable confusion around this term. In WIKIPEDIA Digital Rights Management is defined as "an umbrella term for any of several arrangements which allows a vendor of content in electronic form to control the material and restrict its usage in various ways that can be specified by the vendor." This is not the case for the most common and controversial form of DRM.

P2PNet.net: DRM personal privacy threat

p2pnet.net News:- Jennifer Stoddart, Canada’s privacy commissioner, says she’s about to, “become involved in the process to amend Canada's copyright laws”.

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