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Is DRM on Linux OK?  

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SonicDragon

A few days back Linus said that he would allow DRM (Digital Rights Management) on linux. WDUT? I sort of don't get it. Why would any company include DRM in thier distro? I don't think it would help them make money...i think most linux users are anti-DRM and i think many businesses and goverments use linux because of it's price and the ability to use it on many many computers. But, DRM on the whole OS is not the only DRM in my mind.I'm all for DRM on music/movies/and in most cases software products, but i'm not seeing how adding it would be a smart move for linux. I think if a major disto added it, many users would which to a non DRM distro.It's my understanding that DRM is not going to be included in the kernel, but linus will allow vendors to include it with their product. WDUT?

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I hate DRM myself. But Linus Torvalds is right; he shouldn't be setting this policy. People should be able to use Linux or Windows or any OS the way they want to. The thing about Linux is that it'll never be enforced that ALL people who use it will have to have DRM. Not so sure that'll be the case with the next version of Windows.-- Scot

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As graphical artist I know about 'owner' rights: copyright. And I am in favor if it is not driven into the extreme. Digital Rights Management has a fundament of being fair, but the way it is used today and the plans for the future, make me absolutely vote against it !<_< Bruno

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nlinecomputers

Linus's point is that banning any software from running on Linux is a bad move. It makes the product political which isn't what the point of FREE software is. FREE software is just that. You have the freedom to create and use (or not to use) any kind of program you wish. I don't like DRM either but as long as it is an optional program just like EVERY other program in Linux then so what. What is the harm? Now if it is forced into the kernal and everyone has to use it then I'd have a problem. But as even the kernal is GPL'd you don't have to use it. Linus makes a problem kernal...Don't use it. If he really goes against the grain of the base users then someone else will step up to provide a DRM free kernal. I'm not worried.

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Guest LilBambi

I too believe Linus was correct in his stance on this. Linux is an operating system and can not be allowed to become a pawn of politics and money grubbing comporate buttheads. <_ i will never warm up to drm ... think it is a double-edged sword that cuts too deeply into user rights fair use something we have enjoyed for many years.we the riaa and mpaa initally thank this but they are not only ones wield improperly imho src="%7B___base_url___%7D/uploads/emoticons/default_ohmy.png" alt=":o">

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havnblast

DRM - RIAA - Movie Studios -- oh gosh I am not even gonna start I got such deep feelings on this and is one of the most hated things I deal with. So to save a blood vessel from popping out of my forehead I said my peace :P

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Prelude76

i'm staying away from all DRM things. I think copyright is evil. I bet many normal follks take copyright an unbreakable law, but the original US constitution made it a law that your work / art is protected by copyright for 14 years only. since then, its been changed many times. From 1976 on, it is entire life or artist + 50 years. And coincidentally, in 2002, close to when Disney's vast empire was to be de-copyrighted (anyone could use Mickey Mouse renditions legally), surprise surprise,the US government made it life of artist + 70 years (and i'm sure in 20years, the law will be re-written to life of artist + 500 years. :D if you're an artist and people love your music, you should be more happy that millions of people want to listen to your song instead of being worried that you're losing $10 million out of your 100 million sales.the DRM movement is a step in the wrong direction, IMO.

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