International Day Against DRM — May 4, 2012

It is fitting that the GOSLING 10-year anniversary coincides with the International Day Against DRM — May 4, 2012. My focus in GOSLING has been how the government regulates software, including how the government protects or rejects software choice. DRM (Digital "Rights" Management, Digital Restrictions Management, Dishonest Relationship Misinformation) easily represents the greatest threat to the rights of technology owners, including the right of technology owners to make their own software choices.

The Defective by Design campaigns tend to focus on the consumer visible effects of DRM systems as a whole, which for many non-technical users is magic. I prefer to try to talk about the real-world technological components of these systems: Anti-interoperability locks on content that are theoretically placed there by copyright holders (mostly intermediaries like content distributors), and anti-ownership locks on devices which are placed there by previous owners (hardware manufacturers, retailers like cellular service providers, etc) which harm the rights and interests of technology owners.

I believe that only if we separate these systems into their components will the general public understand the harm, and join us in correcting laws which harm the competitive economy as well as the fundamental and important rights of technology owners.