The Giving Tree... In The Age Of DRM

from the well,-that-was-quick dept

It appears that xkcd has decided to do a modern update on the Shel Silverstein classic, The Giving Tree, in the age of DRM:
Sharing
While this may just be a little comic joke, the larger point is worth highlighting. In the age of DRM, things that might have been considered normal "sharing" in the past are no longer allowed, despite being easier than ever in reality. That should trouble people.

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    Prisoner 201, 27 Sep 2011 @ 8:05am

    Re: Re: Re: Response to: Anonymous Coward on Sep 27th, 2011 @ 5:43am

    The right of control automatically limits my rights to do with my legally purchased property as I please.

    In some backward countries I am not allowed to move my CD collection to my iPod, or my paperbook collection to my kindle, or my DVD collection to my GalaxyTab.

    I can sit on my legally bought computer, use a legally purchased software development tool, and the code I write totally on my own can be infringing.

    Now, of course some rights are above my rights to do whatever I want with my stuff. For example, I can not take my GalaxyTab and hack at someone's neck with the thin bit. That would violate that persons right to Life.

    So it's really a question of how you rank rights. I think that Copyright should be a bit lower on the list. You think it's just fine.

    The fact is, that currently Copyright is ranked above such things as Privacy, parts of Property rights and of course Free Speech. And by the looks of it, the ambition from certain parties is to push Copyright even further up the list.

    Progress, sadly, occurs in spite of Copyright, not because of it.

    And don't be sorry, I thoroughly enjoy being me.

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