[discuss] Defective by design
akohlsmith-clue at benshaw.com
Wed May 24 09:33:41 EDT 2006
On Wednesday 24 May 2006 08:56, Russell McOrmond wrote:
> We have a huge uphill battle in educating people about how DRM works,
> and the underlying reason why it is controvercial (IE: it is always
> controvercial when a lock is put on something without the permission of
> its owner).
Absolutely correct. However running around in fake haz-mat gear handing out
pamphlets does not make regular people stop and ask questions. It makes them
give the clowns on the street a wide berth, muttering "idiots" under their
Protest is a very tricky thing to get right. Look at Caledonia for a very
recent example. Generally speaking, all you tend to do when you protest is
to upset people and drive them away from your cause.
DRM is a problem. It's a very big problem. We need to educate people without
coming across as lunatics or the typical anti-Microsoft Linux fanboy that I
find is all too prevalent these days.
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