[free-sklyarov] Language: copy prevention

David Haworth david.haworth at altavista.net
Sun Aug 5 22:51:48 PDT 2001

On Fri, Aug 03, 2001 at 04:32:28PM -0700, Karsten M. Self wrote:
> I'm suggesting that the term used to describe anti-circumvention works
> under the DMCA be "copy prevention".  This describes what they do, they
> provide (or attempt) a technical block on copying data.
> Other terms include 
>   - "digital rights management" (DRM): too vague and antisceptic.
>   - "content protection":  used by fair use opponents, sounds vague
>     helpful.  "Gee, I'm being protected from something".
>   - "copy protection":  coined by John Gilmore.  More accurate, but
>     still a bit of warm fuzz.
> "Copy prevention" states what these technolgies and laws are aimed at.
> That's my suggestion.
> Comments?

I'm against this term simply because that's what the manufacturers want
you to think. But none of these so-called protections actually prevent
copying - they're all access-control technologies.

David Haworth
Baiersdorf, Germany
david.haworth at altavista.net

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