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Re: DRM vs. Privacy

From: Bas Wijnen
Subject: Re: DRM vs. Privacy
Date: Tue, 8 Nov 2005 09:27:18 +0100
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On Mon, Nov 07, 2005 at 09:01:14PM +0100, Marcus Brinkmann wrote:
> * What are the legal consequences of implementing or not implementing
>   this feature?  In a system where the sysadmin can edit the content
>   of the machine, he may be liable.  In a system where every change
>   can be (presumably) traced to me, _I_ am liable.  How can I proof
>   that the machine was compromised if there is a strong scientific
>   argument that the machine is "safe"?
>   For completeness: If we build such a system, and it turns out to
>   _not_ be safe, are we programmers liable?  Certainly we can't afford
>   to carry such a liability as free software hackers writing in our
>   spare time.

If Microsoft isn't liable for dumping a viral breeding place to the market,
then we can't possibly be liable for trying but failing to make a system which
has privacy.

Then again, the law is strange, and Microsoft has many lawyers.  So while we
can't possibly be liable, we may still be...


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