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Re: DVD legal maneuvers (fwd)

----- Forwarded message from Randall Farmer -----

Date: Tue, 4 Jan 2000 02:20:59 -0600 (CST)
From: Randall Farmer <[email protected]>
Subject: CDR: Re: DVD legal maneuvers

> In a society based on trust, respect and mutual agreement, anti reverse
> engineering provisions are entirely appropriate and enforceable. 

Anti-reverse engineering provisions would indeed be enforceable in a society in
which one can enforce agreements that restrict that party's ability to
privately manipulate and then reveal information, but there is a problem --
that kind of society can't have the anonymity-based protection of freedom of
speech for which you, O illustrious [email protected], can thank
cryptography and related disciplines -- at least, it could not have that
protection in conjunction with the protection of privacy that those same fields
offer you.

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----- End of forwarded message from Randall Farmer -----

Why does trust, respect, and mutual agreement eliminate anonymity?

The reality is that in such a society you wouldn't need to reverse engineer
in the first place. So your point is incorrect as worded and moot within the
suposed context.


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