British Politicians Present Reasonable Views On Copy Protection?

from the amazing dept

While the US government is going around the world trying to protect obsolete business models, it looks like over in the UK, a group of politicians are taking a much more reasonable approach to the copy protection issue. While most of the attention is being place on the proposal that anyone offering copy protected content needs to clearly label what the limitations are, a more interesting element of the report is that mandating copy protection could be harmful. While the article mentions that there aren't official attempts to mandate DRM in Europe yet, it's likely only a matter of time. There are definitely efforts underway in the US, and things like the broadcast flag are constantly popping up again. Then, once something gets turned into law in the US, suddenly we'll be hearing all sorts of talk about how Europe needs to pass similar laws to comply with international treaties, leaving out most of the debate over whether or not such laws actually make sense. Therefore, it's good to see these politicians raising the issue of how much harm DRM can cause now, before things have gone too far.
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    John Bailey, 5 Jun 2006 @ 12:27pm

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    "protecting obsolete business models? like a monarchy?"

    Or free public health care.. Just imagine all those sick people being denied the right to go bankrupt paying medical bills.

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