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    Want to know the "ugly" on Digital Rights Management and Trusted Computing?

    If you are not familiar with the terms "Trusted Computing" (TC) and "DRM" (Digital Rights Management), I ask that you take some time to become familiar with them. Once you do, I believe you will share a sense of urgency. You will find the necessary links to do so herein. We will take just a moment and outline the problem and suggest some directions for protecting ourselves from this technology.

    Many of us have been confused by the terms. Some of us believe that they are both a version of the same thing. Not so. While DRM is fairly straightforward in its purpose and application, Trusted Computing tends to muddy the water a bit. The links provided here will take you to good information on each concept. Once you read the entire article you will come to the same conclusions most other techno-geeks have .

    The combination of DRM and Trusted computing will result in the Hardware Conglomerate and Microsoft virtually owning your computer. If you have read the MS Windows or Office EULA's, you know that you never do actually own the software you purchase from them. You are simply acquiring a license from them to use it.

    By allowing Trusted Computing and DRM to be activated or built into your computer, you are stating that the software maker and the hardware manufacturer can do whatever their individual EULA's state they can do. Just as in the software realm, if you do not agree to "the terms" of the EULA, the software cannot be installed. If you refuse to allow the DRM and TC to function on your computer, the components such as the cpu, video card, sound card and ethernet card will cease to function.


    First some definitions:

    digital rights management - http://www.answers.com/topic/digital...ement?method=6

    trusted computing - http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery?...mputing&gwp=16

    Sounds good so far? Read on...

    The Trusted Platform Module Ė Creating a Safe Public Space or a DRM Nightmare? http://www.chillingeffects.org/weath...?WeatherID=534

    Now commentary on the Intel solution:

    Intel to cut Linux out of the legitimate content market http://theinquirer.net/?article=24638

    Oh and as you know, it isn't just software as noted in the article above. Read this on the hardware aspects.

    Intelís VIIV, Microsoft Vista, satisfying unbridled greed? http://www.hardwareanalysis.com/content/article/1811/


    All of this is being done under the guise of Your security. Not all of the ideas are bad. There are legitimate uses for these technologies. The problem is, You aren't going to be given a choice.

    "No big deal", you say; "I will just buy a Linux computer with hardware that is not affected."

    You wish.

    Very quietly, with the most stealth possible, these corporations are lobbying Congress to write legislation to make this law. Don't laugh, it is happening as we speak. Here is the bottom line.

    Once these laws are passed, the damage will be done. Computer manufacturers, hardware manufacturers and software makers all legally force their way into your computer and you have no choice in the matter. It will be illegal to operate a computer without these "safeguards".

    You will not be able to send anyone email, files...your isp may not allow you onto the internet via their network. Why? Because you are not "trusted". The data on your computer cannot be "verified" as "safe" for the rest of the computers, so you are denied access to all of it.

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    Hackers will rule !

    FG prediction: DRM emulator chips will flood the market, $59.95 DRM chip, AnyDVD & CloneDVD special......

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    Here is a fairly extensive list of hardware manufacturers that are already building this "Trusted Platform Module" technology into their products.

    http://www.tonymcfadden.net/tpmvendors.htm

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    Although it sucks big time you won't be able to avoid it in the long run. Why - because it is in the interests of the manufacturers, they want to be able to control everything you do so that they can charge you for it. Although they will sell it as a security measure it really has nothing to do with security and everything to do with control. To big business the PC is like a connection to your wallet, and they want it to be Direct Debit.
    I'm using Windows 7 - you got a problem with that?

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    We will all be used instead of users and owned instead of owners of our hand built machines.The sad part is not enough people that are using computers will see the violation and simply pay the fiddlers.
    The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

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    The Fallacy of DRM

    Here is a followup on DRM and Trusted Computing.

    http://www.timj.co.uk/digiculture/drm-fallacy

    From the article:

    "Whether you're a technical computer user or not, over coming months you are going to hear an increasing amount about Digital "Rights" (a euphemism for 'Restrictions') Management, otherwise known as DRM, or sometimes IRM ('I' for 'Information'). Sometimes it will be explicitly mentioned, sometimes it will be implicit in features of software that claim to be able to restrict how someone else uses some data you give them. For example, Microsoft Corporation have recently announced that DRM will be a part of Office 11.

    But why should you care? In this document, I'll try to summarise and briefly explain what DRM is, what some of the key problems with it are, and why you should refuse to accept it."

    *Much more at the link*

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