On Tue, Feb 07, 2006 at 10:56:02AM +0000, Colm MacCarthaigh wrote:
> Of course it will. There are so many commercial contexts in which
> DRM-free hardware would be a neccessity, and there such an abundance of
> cheaply-licensable DRM-free chipsets, with so many players already that
> the likelyhood of 100% DRM market penetration is zero.
this is what i find entertaining about this discussion.
first it seems to be predicated on the idea that the gpl isn't part of
the market. it is. and it has an influence on the market. gpl licensed
software provides resources "the market" needs. part of the reason why
the drm market penetration won't be 100% is because of gpl v3's drm
second it reflects a belief that the gpl has less of an effect on the
market than a single consumer. the gpl license at the least reflects
the will of all the developers who use it. arguments can be made that
the will of at least some companies and users are reflected in the gpl.
lastly the discussion really does assume that the market is infallible.
even if it's true - which is insane - who judges success and failure?
digital content producers by and large view anything less than 100% drm
as failure. will the market be infallible for them?
Kevin Lyda <diamond> kevin is my comic idol
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