Re: [rumori] Re: copy protection for hard drives

From: Chris Ball (
Date: Thu Dec 21 2000 - 17:43:13 PST

John Oswald has our entire platform on his web site. It just needs to be
edited and made plain for the courts.
(If we could afford it) I think we could lodge a civil rights suit, that the
elimination of copiable media prohibits the legally provided fair use
provision. That is, if this scheme gets anywhere. (stock up on copyfree

Even though some previous schemes have evaporated, I think we have reason to
fear. These copy-blocking schemes are perennial, and eventually a scheme
will get through and stick, if we let down our guard. The "copyright as
property" crowd is never going to "GET" fair use.

In my nightmares, our cries to update the antiquated copyright law result
only in the deletion of the antiquated "fair use" provision.

In my opinion, we lost a lot of ground back there in the 30's, when the Hays
office was formed and Motion Pictures (which could be re-interpereted as all
recorded media) were declared to be outside first amendment protections.
You see, movies are "commerce" and not "speech" (because people have to pay
to see them).

----- Original Message -----
From: "Lloyd Dunn" <>
To: <>
Sent: Thursday, December 21, 2000 9:42 AM
Subject: [rumori] Re: copy protection for hard drives

> it certainly is disturbing. once protocols the enforce legal behavior
> are built into the fabric of our tools, we lose our ability to choose
> right from wrong, and thus is lost a key aspect of our humanity. the
> terms of this struggle are indeed quite grave.
> in my view, this creates an urgent need for us (those of us who share
> the belief that copyright overprotects intellectual property, acting
> instead as a barrier to intellectual productiveness and creativity)
> to come up with calm, rational (hopefully devastating) arguments in
> favor of a freer exchange of information and ideas and against
> artificially superimposed methods intent on constricting the easy
> liquidity of human mental synthesis.
> 'i want free music' is not going to cut it, since it can be
> characterized -- not unjustly -- as greedy and freeloading. 'once
> it's out there, it's out there' is not persuasive, either, since it
> calls for no ethical compunction whatsoever on the practitioners of
> our craft.
> there needs to be a platform built to support our position on the
> free flow of ideas that protects it as much as possible against
> arguments of theft and laziness, and protects it from beeing seen as
> a ridiculous far-too far-out idea to be held in the mind long enough
> for honest appraisal.
> what are the planks in this platform? any ideas?
> >Wow, this is really REALLY bad news. Apparently proposed
> >modifications to the IDE and SCSI specifications will result
> >in each hard drive manufactured encrypting its data with
> >its own unique key. This means digital copying of
> >copyrighted material will be stopped *at the hardware
> >level*. (This will also, by the way, screw up existing
> >backup software)
> >
> >If this goes through it will happen by NEXT
> >SUMMER. All new hard drives will have built-in copy
> >protection!
> >
> >Of course, it might not work, and someone will probably
> >figure out how to hack it. but it's still scary...
> >
> >
> >
> >smh
> Lloyd Dunn
> The Tape-beatles -- P.O. Box 3326 -- Iowa City IA 52244 -- USA
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