Reply to post: Re: Well we'd need a more refined bill of rights

Spies, avert eyes! Tim Berners-Lee demands a UK digital bill of rights

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Re: Well we'd need a more refined bill of rights

No. You do not have to purchase their products or perform whatever other act that they require for access. It is their product. They are entitled to offer it on any terms they wish, and you are entirely free to arrange to use it on their terms or to not use it. It is a matter of mutual agreement (or not) between provider and consumer. This type of argument is made by people who, having made a contract for a price, think it their right to change it unilaterally because they don't like the terms

I agree that the laws are broken, but that is a side issue in the case of DRM, which is simply a technical means to help verify and enforce compliance with a contract. You can only buy a movie copy with DRM because the creator says so; and if you remove the DRM you violate a contract. If you obtain a copy of someone else's legally obtained copy you have acquired something to which you have no legal entitlement, and the person who provided the copy almost surely has violated a contractual obligation. The real effect of copyright laws in the context of effective DRM is to limit the period during which courts would allow DRM to be effective: a reasonable court would order that a vendor stop incorporating DRM and provide technical means to remove it from existing copies when (i. e., if) the copyright expires, in the same way that a court would deny claims for copyright infringement after expiration.

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