Subject: Re: Thought crimes
Date: Tue, 26 Dec 2000 14:36:01 -0800
Tue, 26 Dec 2000 14:36:01 -0800
on Mon, Dec 25, 2000 at 12:07:31PM -0500, Jonathan S. Shapiro ( wrote:

> Copyright has two purposes: (1) to allow an author to gain
> compensation for a work, and (2) to ensure that after an appropriate
> amount of time the work becomes public domain. As we think about the
> implications of cryptographic disk drives, it is important to remember
> that these technologies only address *half* of copyright. They allow a
> distributor to ensure that a copyrighted work is more difficult to
> steal. Unfortunately, by their very success, they ensure that the work
> will never be released as a public good.  Cryptographic disk drives do
> not preserve copyright. They enforce something much much stronger.

Question comes to mind:  is it possible that there might be a legal
obligation to make countermeasures to such mechanisms generally
available in order to insure fair use copyright protections?  This is a
long shot, but an interesting tangent IMO.

Karsten M. Self <>
 Evangelist, Zelerate, Inc.            
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