Forum latest

Ed Felten on DRM's "Brave New World".
General
Written by Daniel   
Monday, 22 January 2007 07:16
Hurray for Hollywood!?
Gary McGraw
DarkReading

JANUARY 12, 2007 | One day soon you will be able to watch Blue-Ray and HD-DVD movies on your Wintel PC (well, as soon as the audio-video device manufacturers line up and play by the Draconian rules being imposed by Microsoft if they want to support Vista), but this capability comes at a serious price.

When Microsoft bows to the will of Hollywood in the name of "premium content protection," design decisions in Vista get hairy, and the Vista user experience gets crippled as an unintended side effect. Maybe Microsoft is going too far to implement hard core data security. But why would they do that? Three letters: DRM.

Felten Forecasts the Future
Princeton Professor Ed Felten is a sane voice in the often arcane world that has grown up at the intersection of public policy and technology. Made famous by his early work in Java security (which we collaborated on) and his work with the Department of Justice in the Microsoft antitrust trial, Professor Felten took a sabbatical at Stanford Law School some years ago with Larry Lessig and came out a technological freedom fighter of the first order.

His well-read, excellent Freedom to Tinker blog explains complex technology policy issues in clear and certain terms.

Felten has an interesting view of the brave new world we may be creating for ourselves if we continue to traipse happily along the current DRM path. He paints a picture of a future in which interoperability is hampered in the name of content protection -- where Pilot pens only work on Pilot paper, where Schick razors only work with Schick razor cartridges, where Garanimals shirts only stay tucked into Garanimals pants, where HP print cartridges only work in HP printers (hey wait...), and where Hollywood HD content only runs on Microsoft Vista computers. All of this gets enforced by secret cryptographic handshakes between things... Much more

Comment in the Forums

 
Don't Click Here Don't Click Here Either