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Microsoft's Treacherous Computing

by Matt Lee Contributions Published on Sep 22, 2005 04:01 PM
Microsoft is trying some strange skullduggery with its partners in Treacherous Computing.

Treacherous Computing is an open conspiracy of computer manufacturers with Hollywood, intended to turn your future computers into a platform for DRM (Digital Restrictions Management) that software cannot bypass. Not satisfied with laws like the DMCA that make free software such as DeCSS illegal, they seek to make it impossible as well.

To cloud the issue, they cite various side issues (such as vaguely-defined "security") as goals. They are also producing a list of vague principles that reject some of the malicious uses of the system (but not the principal malicious use, which is DRM itself). But Microsoft is stalling publication of the list, which suggests it plans to implement some of those rejected malicious uses too.

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