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Alan Cox Files Patent For DRM 281

booooh writes "Alan Cox has filed a patent for DRM (Digital Rights Management). From the filing: 'A rights management system monitors and controls use of a computer program to prevent use that is not in compliance with acceptable terms.' According to the patent pledge of Cox's employer Red Hat, they will not license this technology if the patent is granted. And it can probably be applied to the DRM that is in Vista. This forum has a few more details.
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Alan Cox Files Patent For DRM

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  • by tedgyz ( 515156 ) * on Monday January 15, 2007 @08:45AM (#17612246) Homepage
    I KNEW I should have kept using LimeWire instead of paying for songs on iTunes!
  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 15, 2007 @08:50AM (#17612286)
    welcome our intellectual property owning masters, but I'm not sure if there is a patent on greetings or not?

  • by mapkinase ( 958129 ) on Monday January 15, 2007 @09:04AM (#17612342) Homepage Journal
    patent outsource of torture
  • by jolyonr ( 560227 ) on Monday January 15, 2007 @09:19AM (#17612464) Homepage
    Seems like the following patent application may be more suitable for stopping DRM []

  • by Clueless Nick ( 883532 ) on Monday January 15, 2007 @09:51AM (#17612726) Journal
    > "grammer enligthned"

    Spahling ignorant?
  • Re:Wow! (Score:2, Funny)

    by nomadic ( 141991 ) <nomadicworld AT gmail DOT com> on Monday January 15, 2007 @10:40AM (#17613250) Homepage
    or Microsoft finds the patent officer who is considering the patent and pays them 10 Million under the table to deny the patent.

    Microsoft? They're not huge DRM supporters by nature, they just implement it because they think that's the only way copyright holders will use Microsoft networks/products to distribute their music/movies/whatever.
  • Re:Wow! (Score:2, Funny)

    by alx5000 ( 896642 ) <alx5000@alx50[ ]net ['00.' in gap]> on Monday January 15, 2007 @11:22AM (#17613794) Homepage
    I don't know why, and I am not yet motivated to patent it, since my views on DRM are mostly unprintable....
  • by Schemat1c ( 464768 ) on Monday January 15, 2007 @11:24AM (#17613828) Homepage

    When itunes came out, I started paying for my music and uninstalled all P2P clients.

    How obedient of you, you deserve a treat.

    *pats domesticated ape on the head*

    Aww, isn't he cute?
  • by Joebert ( 946227 ) on Monday January 15, 2007 @12:36PM (#17614864) Homepage
    Note the well structured greeting & its' comparison to a common letter.
    First, the common greeting.
    Dear Sir or Madam,

    Now, let's take a look at the posters rendition.
    While the choice of emotion, & objectionable stereotype used is questionable, it still maintains good form.
    Go fuck yourself, loser.

    Note that here, the poster has suggested that at this moment, they're of the same world, or on the same level, or able to understand eachother, we'll get into this in more detail later.
    In this world there are things like "responsibility," "grown ups," and "stealing."

    Here, the poster seems to be suggesting that DRM is in place to make sure nobody goes too fast.
    I don't like the fact that my car has a chip governing it to 125MpH. But I deal with it. It doesn't give me a right to steal the car or simply stop paying the payments. "But it's not the same" you cry. "Nobody gets hurt" from stealing music, you say, except for huge corporations.

    You have to admire the posters perseverance in this statement, though they are fully aware that they're incapable of expressing the ideas they believe in, they push on in hopes of teaching the person they're screaming at a "lesson".
    Well, nobody gets hurt in insurance fraud except for large corps. And nobody gets hurt in the backdating of stock options grants except large corps. But "that's different" you say because for some crazy reason you have this notion that music--completely owned by its creator--has some sort of intrinsic desire to be free as in beer. I can't possible express how dumb of an idea this is.

    I found this statement rather intresting, if there's no hope of being on the same level with theese people, how is it possible to know the ways in which they think ?
    Here's a clue: every single criminal everywhere rationalizes what they do. Like a drug addict. You have come up with such tortured, convoluted value systems and logic that there's no hope in being on the level with you. You simply cannot see that you're no different than any other thief, despite how many times you try to attest otherwise.

    The poster seems to have witnessed & participated in theese debates enough times that they've come to know the common responses from the other side & take it upon themselves to turn it into a one-sided argument.
    Do I dislike the Apple DRM? Yes. Does that change the fact that it's completely and entirely wrong to steal content? Not for a second.

    Looks can be decieving.
    So GROW UP, because the REALITY is that you're STEALING. And understand that every time you post shit like that, all it does is make you look like a worthless piece of shit that is such a welfare case on society that you steal stuff that costs $1. Seriously, do you steal $0.25 packs of gum, too?
  • .25? (Score:2, Funny)

    by jamesmacaulay ( 875797 ) on Monday January 15, 2007 @07:40PM (#17621222)

    The .25 cents is a good figure for what electronic music should cost.

    Wait, is that .25 cents or 25 cents? You don't happen to work for Verizon [], do you?

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