Individual Rights Management

Cory Doctorow correctly lambastes those soft on DRM for the umpteenth time. The following excerpt sparked a thought:

DRM isn’t protection from piracy. DRM is protection from competition.

Reminds me of airport “security” and similar. In the essay IDs and the illusion of security Bruce Schneier makes a case (not nearly as forcefully as can be done) that

Identification and profiling don’t provide very good security, and they do so at an enormous cost.

I’d argue that most measures justified by “security” actually make us less secure, in part because of their enormous cost. Another time.

Anyway, I think there’s a nice (ugly) symmetry in the arguments of apologists for Digital Restrictions Management and the national security state. Both are really much about restricting competition.

[Schneier link via Anton Sherwood.]

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  1. […] Individual Rights Management claims national security state and DRM similar in that they both restrict competition. Sure, I can imagine a story supporting such an assertion. But it’s tenuous and far from the most important story. Further, a more pertinent similarity exists: stupidity before malice. Also: both work far better than opponents admit. […]

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