4 Ways Copyright Law Actually Controls Your Whole Digital Life

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COX K., 4 Ways Copyright Law Actually Controls Your Whole Digital Life, consumerist.com, 22.01.2015

Type Article
Link http://consumerist.com/2015/01/22/4-ways-copyright-law-actually-controls-your-whole-digital-life/
Topics Intellectual Property, Security, Information Security, Operational Security, Technology, DRM


As Cory Doctorow explains, "When digital locks [DRM] get broken, the companies that install them want to be able to patch them, and keep them up to date, and make them temporarily not-broken again. But that means that companies want — and get — access to your stuff any time it connects to the internet, whether you want it to or not.

As Doctorow puts it: “Digital locks can’t work without renewability. You can’t ‘protect’ devices from their owners unless you can update them without their owners’ knowledge or consent.”

But then that makes the legal software as good as malware. “Renewability for digital locks means that you can’t be allowed to know what’s running on your computers,” he continues. “And that means you can’t decide what’s running on them. … The endgame for renewability must be that all computers are built with this facility in mind.”

“Imagine what it will mean when the person operating a car, or carrying around an implanted device, can’t know or control what’s running on that computer — but third parties can.”"

Providers have the power to renew DRM that have been broken by the device owners: this can also cause security problems, because users can become without previous notice unable to use the device to perform an activity which was impeded by the broken DRM.