Outreach Volunteers Needed - Content Control is a Dead End

Adam Shostack adam at homeport.org
Thu Aug 30 13:05:00 EDT 2001

On Wed, Aug 29, 2001 at 11:19:31PM -0400, Dan Geer wrote:
| > Content control is a dead end.
| You only get an even number of {privacy, copyright} -- either the
| owner of information controls how it is used or he does not.  Either
| you embrace copyright-and-privacy, or you embrace neither.  
| It really is time to be careful what you ask for.

Hi Dan,

I really don't follow this argument.

If you have a 'strong' system of copyright control with data being
tied to users, it becomes very difficult to have privacy.  If you have 
a strong privacy system (I'm using privacy in the anonymity sense),
then it becomes hard to prevent me from sending you Metallica songs

I agree its time to be careful what you ask for, but I don't see how
to build strong copyright controls in a society with privacy.


"It is seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once."

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