[rumori] Re: Burned?

From: Steev Hise (steevATdetritus.net)
Date: Thu Apr 25 2002 - 09:08:55 PDT


Your plan sounds pretty neat, the only part that makes me nervous
is the part about requiring hardware manufacturers to build this
thing into their stuff. In the context of the Hollings bill
that's in congress right now, that sounds like digital
appeasement. I'm optimistic that the CBDTPA will not pass, and a
big part of why people don't like it, I think, is that they
recognize that computers and other digital media devices are
basic tools that ought to be free of copy protection systems, and
even copy tracking systems ( and that's really what you're
talking about, copy tracking, isn't it?). Putting that sort of
stuff in my computer, music player, or TV is like buying a
special magnifying glass with every book I buy, no, FORCING me to
buy it, a special magnifying glass that keeps track of what I'm
reading and tells the government about it. ugh!

The other problem is that what you're talking about is a
form of micropayments, which is a much bigger problem that people
have been trying to solve for years, and no one ever has. your
solution to compensation depends on a solution to micropayments,
which may never ever arrive, and may just be a bad idea, too.
( see http://www.openp2p.com/pub/a/p2p/2000/12/19/micropayments.html )

And beyond all this, mandatory compensation for IP just seems
less and less right to me, lately. Why don't we just create a
gift economy? Sounds crazy, but it's probably not that much
harder than your plan.



Steev Hise, Automagickal Adept
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