DRM: Digital Restrictions Management
  Posted October 02, 2002    PermaLink    Comments (0)  

After reading a story from the San Jose Mercury News linked by Slashdot I got a new favorite phrase for DRM, Digital Restrictions Management. Then it struck me how the word "rights" is as confusing as "free," and in fact how the confusion is almost the same.

In "free" software we are stuck with the english problem that the free part exists on two really differnet areas. Free Beer and Free Speach. Rights is almost the same. Consider my Rights to view a DVD I purchased, and the Rights that exist to distribute that media. The right I have to view it is free as in speech. But the rights the MPAA, RIAA, and the other alphabet soup groups are exerting are free as in beer, except it's not free and they really want their money.

It is liberty v.s. money all over again.

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