Copyright (DRM in particular) turns us into technology idots and makes us disingenuous too. Consider Leonardo Chiariglione’s reply (“A simple way to skin the DRM cat”) to Steve Jobs’ DRM bashing.
Chiariglione goes out of his way to muddy the waters by
- Including rights expression or rights description (including Creative Commons) under the rubric of DRM. This is not what anyone, including Jobs, is talking about when they dismiss DRM.
- Conflating standards generally and standards with security components in particular, with DRM.
- Pretending there is a non-zero chance of any “interoperable DRM” (where we’re talking about Digital Restrictions Management, not mere description or expression) scheme gaining any traction.
Clue: a skinned cat is dead.