EFF asks the FTC to protect the public from Digital Rights Management

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8 Responses to “EFF asks the FTC to protect the public from Digital Rights Management”

  1. supernova_hq says:

    You know the system is broken when the EFF is asking the government to protect the public from a regulation designed to protect business FROM the public!

  2. Spikeles says:

    It started off good.. But….

    No right to refuse updates. The EULA immediately terminated if a customer
    failed to install any update. No more holding out on those hobble-ware downgrades masquerading as updates.

    IMHO, if i was editor, i would have culled that bit or at the very least re-worded it.

  3. ab5tract says:

    This is going to be an interesting ride. EFF, will you be my valentine?

  4. gadfly says:

    EFF PDF to FTC wrt DRM…

    madness.

    (any suggestions for a TLA to replace “to” ??)

  5. Glenn Fleishman says:

    You can post your own comments to the FTC about this, too, or read the comments posted to date.

  6. Robotech_Master says:

    If this works the way that other government requests for comment worked, sometime in the coming month all the comments received will be made public, and a period will be opened for people to write responses to the comments.

    I hope it works out that way; it will be entertaining to see what arguments pro-DRM advocates put forward, and to see what various anti-DRM names have posted things without saying so publicly.

  7. robotrevolution says:

    OMG! PDF about EFF asking FTC to protect US from DRM in WASH., where MS is! WTF?

    PS: BBQ records from RIAA, use your PC to buy DRM-free.

    TTYL.

  8. Robotech_Master says:

    I posted my last comment before seeing Glenn’s just above it. I went and looked at the 700 comments the FTC had received, and clicked on a couple of dozen of them at random.

    Not one that I found had anything nice to say about the current implementation of DRM. (A couple found the idea of DRM all right in principle, but had the same problems with how it is implemented in practice as the rest of them.)

    That’s highly encouraging.

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