Wednesday, March 16, 2005

The Tyranny of DRM

Boing Boing posted an interesting piece on Apple's latest manuever to screw its customers (probably at the request of the sue-happy RIAA pigs). Imagine if you purchased a digital camera; It would be reasonable for it to operate as it was spec'd on the day you purchased it. However, suppose later the manufacturer decides that you can only take 7 pictures a week and forces the camera to behave as such when you connect to download your pictures or upgrade the firmware to fix the inevitable bugs. Who knows, you might be taking pictures of copyrighted objects, right?

Clearly, it is wrong and unenforceable to change the terms of contract after you have purchased a good - whether it be a physical good, service, or piece of IP.

Time to bust out JHymn and reclaim your music.