(entry last updated: 2002-09-11 11:01:52)
Donna at Copyfight points me to Larry Lessig on Palladium. I can infer only one thing from this – Larry believes that DRM really is inevitable and believes there’s a choice between "being shot and being hung." Rather, DRM is the Jack Benny choice – "your money or your life" – and Valenti only understands $$.
The Register is finally heard from on the Intel LaGrande scheme – more fodder for the Stuckist Web.
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Larry Lessig has a commentary in Red Herring wherein he offers a kind of defense of Palladium – while DRM is not good, the form represented by Palladium-like technology may be less egregious/intrusive/limiting than other proposed solutions to the “P2P problem” as perceived by Hollywood. However, because Microsoft is immediately perceived as (1) evil, (2) controlling, and (3) rapacious in light of past behavior, a thoughtful consideration of the good elements of Palladium is never undertaken.
A faintly peculiar argument, IMHO. This reads like Larry (who hates software patents) telling us that, since one could use software patents to achieve open access to techniques through their pre-emptive use, software patents may not be that bad a thing. After all, although IBM and Microsoft have all these software patents now, we can count on them to just use them to benignly protect everyone’s ability to produce software – they never would use them in some other fashion!! (Whistling past the graveyard, I fear)
The fact that he thinks there is merit in splitting hairs on DRM is, unfortunately, an indication of just how bleak the position of those who oppose it must be within the Beltway.
And, if he’s right and DRM is inevitable, then we can all expect to see the collapse of the US microelectronics/microcomputer industry as consumers flock to those offshore suppliers who elect not to incorporate such restrictive technologies in their products. Because, while the automobile industry was able to survive throwing money down the economic rat-hole of enforced deployment of the electric vehicle, I really don’t believe that Intel and AMD can afford to develop a line of microprocessor that finds NO buyers – Microsoft is not going to be able to create so compelling an argument to upgrade that people will buy LaGrande microprocessors in spite of the DRM elements in it – hyperthreading or not.
Donna also points to a succint description of the merits of end-to-end: The Paradox of the Best Network