DRM technology and policy

Andreas Bogk andreas at andreas.org
Thu Apr 24 05:41:24 EDT 2003

Paul Walker <paul at black-sun.demon.co.uk> writes:

>> Sure.  But if somebody claimed that the newspaper changed, I could go
>> to my personal archive of that news source, and compare.
> True. But, if there's a difference between the two, why should I believe
> something you've got rather than something that's on their server?

Well, go look in your own archives.  Or in the library at the end of
your street.  The more copies there are, the harder it is to forge

>> > DRM is something of a red herring here. :-)
>> No, it ain't.  Go ask a librarian.
> They often archive online papers?

They often archive printed papers.  And the reason for that is
documentation of history in public interest.  Archiving online papers
is a logical extension of their role in society under changed
circumstances in the Internet time.

Libraries that stock CD-ROMs already suffer from copy protection
mechanisms.  They can't make backups of the CD-ROM in case the
original gets damaged.


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