Canadian open source community upset over proposed copyright law
Posted by: Anonymous
on July 14, 2008 07:36 PM
My real reason for opposing these type of laws is the same as yours, playing media on LInux with FOSS, but here's an arguement to put to the proponents:
By bringing in laws that criminalize the breaking of Digital Rights Management, we are encouraging people to not bother using an effective technique for DRM, like, say, a dongle, but instead spending little time instituing a simple, easy to break measure, and relying on the law to prevent it being broken. Since copyright violation is already unlawful, this does not hinder, but actually helps the violaters violate copyright, because it is easier to break these simple methods, than to break the more complicated methods that companies would use if thesse laws did not exist.