Daniel Iliev <danny@...> posted 451BEC3E.1090103@...,
excerpted below, on Thu, 28 Sep 2006 18:37:34 +0300:
> - and he sends you a
> wmv compressed clip...
> Now what? You gonna tell your friend "Sorry, man, but I'm not gonna see
> your family 'cause I like my freedom!"
> Come ooon! ;-)))))))))))))
Well, if I was living somewhere where reverse engineering of DRM was
allowed and he invited me to the US, I think I'd be wise to decline,
unless I wished to become another Dimitry Sklyarov! To me, the same
In fact, it's actually even closer than that. I can no longer agree to
most EULAs for at least two reasons, due to the reverse engineering
prohibitions in most cases (a right I don't choose to sign away), and for
security reasons -- if I can't verify the source or have someone I trust
do so, then they better vouch for the security and freedom from harm of
their binaries, only no software developer or distributor in their right
mind is going to do that for anything near the price I'm willing to pay,
because it'll put them on the hook for potentially millions of dollars!
Thus, they can't vouch for it, and I can't assure myself of the quality
since I can't read the code nor can I have someone I trust do so, so I
won't take that security risk. Thus, in places like the US where EULAs
could potentially be legal, it's no longer a /question/ of choice for me,
as it's literally illegal for me to run the software if the EULA could be
considered binding since I literally cannot agree to it.
Thus, I will very patiently explain to that old friend that if he wants me
to see the video clip, he will have to transcode it to a format I can
Will MS or NVidia agree to waive the EULA and be liable if their closed
source software causes damage to anything on my computer? Will the agree
to waive the reverse engineering restrictions? If they can't do both and
they won't, I can't agree to the EULA either. Therefore, as long as it's
possible/likely that EULA could be considered legal, and that's the case
here in the US unfortunately, I can't legally run their software. It's
not a case of want to any more. It's a case of legality -- I can't
legally do it.
Duncan - List replies preferred. No HTML msgs.
"Every nonfree program has a lord, a master --
and if you use the program, he is your master." Richard Stallman
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