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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    Aiwanei, 30 Oct 2008 @ 6:56pm

    Nooo..

    actually DRM is about restricting the use of files that you have obtained either for money or for free. Open Source is about the idea of sharing source code so projects can be designed better, bugs can be found easier and a plethora of other things. Your analogy is just deeply flawed.

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