Don't Buy The Open Source DRM Hype

from the useless dept

Back in 2005, we wrote about Sun's doomed plans to offer an "open source DRM" solution. Not surprisingly, that went nowhere fast. Last year, Tim Lee took apart the claims of "Marlin," a supposedly new "open source DRM" solution. As Tim noted, open source and DRM are a contradiction in terms. So, it's not clear why last week some were celebrating the latest version of Marlin. As some pointed out, just because it's open source, doesn't mean that it should be "blessed" by the tech crowd. DRM is about destroying options for what you can do with bits. Open source is about multiplying the options. To mix them together makes no sense.

Filed Under: drm, marlin, open source


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    Dan, 31 Oct 2008 @ 1:13pm

    DRM will change

    Face it. DRM is here to stay. but it will change. Imagine, if you will, instead of restricting how it is used, identification tags buried deep in the code of mp3s, tying that song to a specific person. They could freely distribute if they want, but unless they scrub the IDs, it can be traced back to a specific person as the uploader.

    Most people wouldn't bother to strip out that kind of DRM, because it doesn't adversely affect them.

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