DRM technology and policy

Derek Atkins derek at ihtfp.com
Tue Apr 22 16:22:51 EDT 2003

"John S. Denker" <jsd at monmouth.com> writes:

> Please get a clue.  Copyright isn't about the
> scarcity of copying or the marginal cost thereof.
> Never has been.
> Copyright is about recouping the _fixed_ costs.  This
> is necessary in general, and particularly important
> when the market is of limited size, so that the fixed
> cost per unit is significant in absolute terms.

The problem is that the current business models recoup this
cost by requiring payment on the assumption of a scarce resource.
You are correct that Copyright has nothing to do with it; it's
the current (flawed?) business models.  However, I don't think
the MPAA or RIAA are willing to change their business models
anytime soon.

So I'll re-ask my question, John..  What do you see as the
requirements of a DRM system?  Clearly allowing a content creator to
get paid for their work is part of the picture (but it is not the
whole picture)..


       Derek Atkins
       Computer and Internet Security Consultant
       derek at ihtfp.com             www.ihtfp.com

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