Seriously tho, is hostile engineering and it needs to die.

@phryk i made a rather large rant on birdsite ages ago about how I believe that obfuscated code should be detected by security software

in usermode, obfuscated code is naturally "potentially unwanted".
in kernelmode obfuscated code is outright malware. (see: chinese drivers with ring0 code exec backdoors where most of the samples were obfuscated with VMProtect and the backdoor was found after discovering the two non-obfuscated samples)

@irl Yes, the FSF has been anti-DRM since day one if memory serves. :)

@phryk I went to a protest organised by the DFD people outside the main Apple store in London, UK when I was in college. That was 10 years ago now. I can't see that there have been any big improvements since then.

@irl Aye, not quite sure what except all paid programmers demanding that the software they write be released as open source would actually help, tho…

@phryk Spotify going public on the NYSE (I think it was NYSE anyway) means that artists and labels are going to have a better idea of how much profit there really is in streaming. Maybe they'll decide that DRM-free downloads are a better idea (you get to sell to the whole market, not just those who support your DRM).

@irl I don't think rational thought or data are the problem. If that was the case, DRM would've died at least a decade ago.

The problem is an utterly unreasonable desire for control.

@phryk Heh, yes, that too. No idea where to start with that one.

@irl Well, far as I can tell, this shit is not going to change by voluntary choice of copyright holders.

I think technical innovations that just subvert the ability of copyright holders to control how "their" media is consumed have proven to be the most powerful tool.

Bittorrent practically obliterated any real means to enforce copyright law and that's a good thing in my books.

Sci-Hub would be another good example. :)

@phryk My favourite thing about DRM is how laughably futile it is. You don't need to have everyone know the ins and outs of the DRM scheme, you just need one person to crack it and release it. If one person can break it, then everyone can have it broken. You can sell snakeoil though. I saw an Android app that claims to have "screenshot protection" to prevent people from leaking things to the press when you send them messages. They missed the bit where you use another camera and take a picture.

@irl Technically futile, yes. But I think the legal motivation is that there's some measure to be defeated which makes creating a software crack a criminal act under the CFAA (or other local computery laws)

@irl In that context, software cracks are actually a civic service that benefits users as well as enables archival which is often impossible with modern software – just think of all the games needing online activation, nowadays even every time you play it…

@phryk That's a sketchy area, but yes, archiving is important to be able to understand historical events in context. I don't fully understand the laws around this (they change too often to keep up) and I wouldn't suggest anyone go out and break the law.

I would think though that if you've gone to the effort of breaking some DRM and want to release it, you've probably thought about the laws around it and you're probably smart enough to avoid prosecution.

@phryk On paid programmers demanding that software they write is open source though, I had one scary moment last year where I thought I was going to have to resign from the University as they wanted to have this new IPR policy that would try to prevent open source licensing. Luckily the union was able to resolve that one. See also:

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