Former MSFT Security Manager Blasts DRM/Ed Bott on DRM

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Chad Harris, Oct 3, 2007.

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    Chad Harris Guest

    Jesper Johansson, former Security Program Manager at Microsoft, and
    currently in charge of security at Amazon, has just blasted the infernal
    hassles with Digital Rights Management. Although he specifically targets
    Microsoft, his comments apply to Apple as well. Jesper co-wrote *Protect
    Your Windows Network* with Steve Riley and he co-wrote *Windows Vista

    From Jesper's Blog (Read the rest here--)

    "I'm turning off, disconnecting, and throwing out my Windows XP Media Center
    PC. For two years it has been the DVR unit in my home, as well as just a
    convenient way to view movies. However, the DRM zealots have finally
    rendered it completely useless...

    Is it just me, or is DRM of movies and music the poster child for an
    inappropriate security v. usability tradeoff? How many billions has the
    industry spent on DRM schemes that the bad guys break in weeks? How many
    perfectly legitimate users has the industry annoyed and driven away? How
    many lost DVD sales has it caused? How many lost sales of Microsoft's Media
    Center software and Windows Vista has it caused because the DRM sub-system
    randomly decides that you must be a criminal? And, how many bootleggers has
    it stopped? Based on my last jaunt through a night market somewhere in the
    Far East the answer to the last question seems pretty clear at least."

    Ed Bott on DRM (3 Parts)

    Chad Harris, Oct 3, 2007
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