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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    Mike M, 1 Nov 2008 @ 4:19am

    Open Source DRM

    Allen

    You are assuming that the data is in a format that can be read (i.e. not encrypted) and if so you are correct. Any DRM system that is worth it's salt (excuse the pun) won't allow this to happen. Part of the validation, (PermitProgram) will result in a key that can be used to decrypt the managed data.

    Changing PermitProgram(), or validateSoftware() isn't going to be able to result in a key that makes the data usable any more than existing DRM solutions are crackable.

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