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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    Allen, 31 Oct 2008 @ 8:38pm

    Why open source DRM won't work

    consider this psudo code
    if (validateSoftware())
    {
    PermitProgram();
    } else
    {
    exit();
    }

    To break the DRM all i would have to do is change it to this
    PermitProgram();

    Basically it will "validate" no matter what you do, and being open source there would be nothing to stop me from substituting their code for mine.

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