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Re: Niches for the Hurd: evaluation method; was: DRM musings, capabiliti

From: Michal Suchanek
Subject: Re: Niches for the Hurd: evaluation method; was: DRM musings, capabilities and stuff
Date: Tue, 30 Dec 2008 11:51:05 +0100

On 29/12/2008, Arne Babenhauserheide <arne_bab@web.de> wrote:
> Am Montag 29 Dezember 2008 17:23:45 schrieb Michal Suchanek:
> > In my view trying to deny users the choice to enter contracts like the
>  > one P requires is not the right way. It is morally dubious and
>  > technically infeasible.
> Firstoff: Any security against the owner of a system built on free software is
>  false security, since the parts which provide the security can always be
>  changed. (I told you tha before).
>  Second: You mix contract law and technical restrictions.
>  * Law: "I am not allowed from driving faster than 50km/h in a town."
>  * Technical restriction: "My car doesn't drive faster than 50km/h."
>  I can always circumvent the law (except where the state actively excerts 
> force
>  against me), for example when I have a bleeding child on the backseat whom I
>  need to get to the hostpital _now_. If breaking the law is worth enough for 
> me
>  that I'm willing to take the legal punishment I am free to do so. In Germany
>  we call this "Ziviler Ungehorsam". If I were a german doctor I'd even be
>  forced by my oath to drive faster than the law allows, else I'd be punished
>  for not helping the child as good as I can.
>  But who is to blame for the death of the child if my _car_ decides not to
>  drive faster?
>  Who is to blame for the death of my child if my Computer doesn't allow me to
>  send the photo of my sick child to the doctor? My Computer is no legal 
> entity,
>  so it must not take decisions for me.

And how is the computer ever going to not allow sending the photo?

If you are running a free system you can do whatever you wish.

However, you have to buy a camera that does not refuse to work with a
free system which you cannot enforce by any technical features or
legal licensing terms of the system your computer runs. You have to be
educated about the possibility of DRM and avoid it in devices and
services you use.



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