March 01, 2002
Software DRM Mathematically Disproven
So, in the middle of the Hollings SSSCA debate Slashdot runs this entry about a mathematical proof that software DRM will not work. The funniest part is that even if you add hardware to the equation, that hardware has to interact with software in the OS. There are some protocols that might work with hardware, but the value of beating them is just too high. No matter what, the laws protecting the protection will likely fail on either prior restraint of free speech grounds - especially the laws that stop the publication of technologies that defeat copyright protection measures.
It is always so clear when one thinks in the context of a book. A book on lock picking can not be banned. Nor can a book on digital lock picking.
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