Monday, January 29, 2007

Speaking of Abridgments of Speech...

Some guy claims to have cracked the DRM in Windows Vista, but doesn't want to talk about it for fear of getting "sued out of existence" for violating the DMCA. That's crap, pure and simple. Not only does the DMCA prevent fair use of a specific media item, but now its stopping someone who wants to promote general fair use.

For those of you who don't know about the DRM in Windows, it essentially requires you to have Microsoft's imprimatur before you can make full use of your computer system. Said imprimatur is beyond the means of most Open Source projects, which means that a lot of useful programs just won't run as well as they should on Windows systems. Mr. Ionescu appears to have devised a way to bypass this "feature", thus allowing people to run what they want on the hardware they've purchased.

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