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Re: Why Vista's DRM Is Bad For You

__/ [ John Locke ] on Monday 05 March 2007 07:22 \__

> Pretty good article on Vista DRM from Forbes
This led to a fair bit of discussion...


And that's just one place. Security aspects are just one among many dangers
of DRM.

Q: You say that "you can bet your business on Free Software"; how do you back
up that statement?

A: How can you bet your business on proprietary software? If a company is
bought, goes bankrupt or merges or decides to delete a product line you have
no choice but to go with whatever product or path they desire. How can you
plan when the company keeps changing its licensing terms, and you have no
real alternatives? What do you do when the company that makes your software
puts its own profits and its values ahead of yours, the customer? When the
software company holds back on releasing the latest bug fix so it fits its
"release schedule?" When you can't get that one little feature added that
would allow you to streamline your business, save a lot of money and beat
your competition to market?

What happens if that company (no matter where it is) is embargoed?

                                      -- Jon "Maddog" Hall

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