[mythtv-users] FCC admits CableCARD a failure, vows to try something else

Eric Sharkey eric at lisaneric.org
Fri Dec 4 22:17:38 UTC 2009

On Fri, Dec 4, 2009 at 5:10 PM, David Brodbeck <gull at gull.us> wrote:
> I think they'd argue it was different in the past, when piracy meant
> mailing VHS tapes to people one at a time.

Or some guy selling them by the hundreds out of the back of van on the
street corner?

> Now one person puts something
> on bittorrent and a billion potential customers have free access to it.
> I'm not saying DRM is a good idea, I'm just saying there's a reason it
> gives them night terrors to think of giving open access to digital
> content.

It shouldn't if they were rational.  That's the rub.  If DRM were
effective at keeping things off bittorrent then it could be
justifiable.  But it isn't.  It just takes one person with hdmi ->
hdfury2 -> hdpvr -> bittorrent and then it's out there in a form
effectively indistinguishable from the original digital data.


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