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Re: [fsfc-discuss] 'DRM'/'TPM' + another thought

From: Russell McOrmond
Subject: Re: [fsfc-discuss] 'DRM'/'TPM' + another thought
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2012 15:51:34 -0500
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On 12-02-17 01:09 PM, David C Dawson wrote:
Please take a look at this link:

  I did, back in 2004.  I also skimmed again today to remind me of content.

Matthew Skala is one of the people who has been actively involved in this area of policy from the beginning, including on the general digital-copyright.ca forums. (even back when it was still called canada-dmca-opponents http://www.digital-copyright.ca/discuss/10 )

  Curious what made you think of it?

The colour being discussed in the article is a human trait, and one of the obvious failings of attempts at "DRM" (however you want to define that acronym) is to try to program computers to make human decisions. Even if we can make sentient computers, they still won't be human. Computers can help humans with metadata to make good decisions, but can't make those human decisions for us.

It is separate from the question of how rules for decisions are encoded (in software) and where are those decisions made (in hardware, not in "content") when those decisions are made by a computer. The colour of the bits of the content addresses a different set of confusions between technical and non-technical people.

 Russell McOrmond, Internet Consultant: <http://www.flora.ca/>
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