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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    Peter, 1 Nov 2008 @ 11:55am

    DRM Encryption

    I thought the main problem with DRM schemes (open or otherwise) is that the "secret" used to prevent you reading the data straight has to live on you device (or at least be accessible to it). Therefore, the only thing preventing you from decrypting the data and saving it in an unencrypted (non-DRM encumbered) form was a convoluted secret algorithm. If that algorithm is freely available, it should be trivial to hijack it to save plain-text versions of the data. That's why DMCA includes "don't tamper with the DRM": to stop you from doing the obvious.

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