Safety and Reliability Questions About DRM
Digital Rights Management (DRM) technologies are supposed to protect digitized “content”, like movies and musical performances from being illicitly copied or used. DRM technology is sometimes described as security technology when it is really licensing technology –- something very different. In fact, DRM may decrease security and reliability.
Consider what might happen if a computer equipped with DRM technologies was also used for the primary telephone of some unlucky person who opened his email mail to find a spammer had sent him a pirated copy of a song. The song begins to play automatically just as our fictional victim recognizes that he is experiencing a heart attack and he desperately clicks the Skype window to dial emergency services. But all he sees on the screen is a big notice:
DETECTION OF UNLICENSED USE OF MEDIA: SYSTEM SHUT DOWN.
Is this a realistic scenario? Based on the recent Sony BMG fiasco, it is.
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