[kwlug-disc] are you going to be a criminal?

William Park opengeometry at yahoo.ca
Thu Jun 3 22:00:28 EDT 2010

On Thu, Jun 03, 2010 at 09:38:44PM -0400, Andrew Kohlsmith (mailing lists account) wrote:
> On Thursday, June 03, 2010 05:34:52 pm Chris Frey wrote:
> > Rather, remove the whole idea of digital locks being legally enforcable in
> > the first place.
> > 
> > Digital locks enforced by law are the equivalent of a two-class copyright
> > system.  Those that make the locks make the rules, regardless of how
> > balanced the rest of the copyright act is.
> I agree. Breaking a digital lock should be no different than breaking a 
> physical lock. If I happen to own the door that I'm breaking the lock on, 
> nobody should be tapping me on the shoulder.
> There's no argument over who owns the DVD. Or television. Or phone. It's mine. 
> If I want to smash it with a ball-peen hammer, nobody is going to stop me. Why 
> should tinkering with the bits be any different?

Good analogy.  But, the other side will argue, you just own the right to
hang the door onto your door-frame, and the right to open and close it.


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