Making imaginary property tangible

On making information more like physical objects:

Let’s play a little hypothetical. Let’s say that someone had discovered a way to automatically — without any additional cost — create all the food that the world’s population needed, and automatically have it appear wherever and whenever needed. Think of it like the “replicator” device in Star Trek, where you can just walk up to it, and it’ll create whatever food you want. The entire issue of hunger and worries about the “scarce resource” of food would go away. Who, in their right mind, would want to break such a machine, and force this newly abundant resource back to being scarce?

Yet, that seems to be exactly what’s happening in the music world. A whole bunch of folks have sent in this positively ridiculous attempt by some guy named Paul Sweazey to get the IEEE to endorse a new standard to make content act more like physical property by allowing it to be “stolen.” It’s basically a weird DRM system that would allow the content to be fully “taken away” from the original holder.

I think we can safely predict this new form of DRM will either never see the light of day, or be a big flop.

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3 Responses to Making imaginary property tangible

  1. ahdkaw says:

    One of the main problems I feel is that the music industry have managed to convince great swathes of the general population that copying is stealing. Simply mention the word bittorrent to some people and you can watch their blood boil as they completely misunderstand communication protocols. Some even suggest banning the protocol, regardless of the fact the http, ftp, and every other protocol can be used in the same way. Don’t bother trying to explain this to them as they have already shut down their critical thought processes.

    So I fear that this idea will percolate through the system and into law if we are not careful.

    • cabalamat says:

      I must admit I’m never come across anyone who says BitTorrent should be banned, though there are people who believe such things.

  2. George Carty says:

    Should we use the “Luddite” moniker when referring to the likes of the RIAA and MPAA? After all, like the original Luddites, they oppose a new technology (file sharing) on the grounds that it threatens their livelihood…

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