129: Content Protection
Title text: If you think the purveyors of DRM simply want to protect artists, check out chapters 13 and 14 in Free Culture, by Lawrence Lessig. Their goal is the elimination of all culture they don't control.
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This comic presents HDCP, the standard used for protecting content passed over an HDMI interface. It also illustrates the analog hole created by providing the content to the viewer. The hole could also be just an analog video camera, which makes the protection more senseless.
At the title text Randall is referring again on DRM protection. The Free Culture movement, and Lawrence Lessig as one of the activists, are fighting for free content. But the DRM people just try to destroy any free content not protected by DRM.
By referring to the person as "approved content" the may be stating that because outside parties control what information you are exposed to that your body of knowledge itself is controlled and "approved" by them.
- Content Protection System:
- [Megan sits on a couch watching a large flat-panel television, connected to a box labeled HDMI.
- The screen is labeled with "Approved screen"
- The cable is labeled with "Approved connection"
- The HDMI box is labeled with "Approved player"
- Megan's head is labeled with "Approved content".]
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