Reply to post: Re: "unique screw head types and gluing or soldering components"

Yes, Americans, you can break anti-piracy DRM if you want to repair some of your kit – US govt

Alan Brown Silver badge

Re: "unique screw head types and gluing or soldering components"

"New screw head designs"

Can be copyrighted, Once you own the copyright, you can control production - and prevent "non-authorised entities" getting hold of them.

Not that this is new. IBM PC XTs had "special" screws on the PSUs (no slots, notches or other things to undo, courtesy of a snapoff head) back in 1980. The only way to get them apart was to dremel a slot into the screw and then throw it away afterwards.

There's a whole range of security screws out there with highly limited distribution and "control" over who has the tools. On top of Philips/Posidrive there are another dozen crosshead types alone. (Hint: Japanese cars use neither)

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