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RE: [dvd-discuss] A TPM without use limitations -- thoughts?

Well this is an easy one..at aminimum if every CD can't have a unique 
fingerprint and each buyer be required to give a DNA sample in addition to 
name, address, phone number etc then ...of course they can't ever sell it 
to anyone or if they do then they have to ensure that they get the right 
DNA sample and change the registration. Of course if they don't they they 
may still see JackBoots in the night...seems a bit much....OK then Each 
distribution outlet will have a unique finger print ID and buyers will be 
required to register. In the event of infringement, the IP Police just 
break down EVERYBODYS door to find the guilty person....the whole notion 
of fingerprinting doing anything useful looks dumb and dumber...

"Richard Hartman" <hartman@onetouch.com>
Sent by: owner-dvd-discuss@eon.law.harvard.edu
10/31/2002 09:46 AM
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        Subject:        RE: [dvd-discuss] A TPM without use limitations -- thoughts?

> -----Original Message-----
> From: David Wagner [mailto:daw@mozart.cs.berkeley.edu]
> If fingerprints are easily strippable, then I don't see how they are
> going to be a competitive alternative to DRM.

Path of least resistance.

DRM prevents copying, ergo you _have_ to remove it before
you can copy.

Fingerprints don't prevent copying.  Since you don't _have_
to remove it to do what you want to do, most people won't
bother to do so.

The only thing I don't see is how they will associate
fingerprints w/ customers.  Each CD would presumably
have the same fingerprint . . . now if they were selling
downloaded music over the internet, each customer could
not only get a differently "branded" copy but records
could be kept as to which customer a particular fingerprint
belonged to.

-Richard M. Hartman

186,000 mi/sec: not just a good idea, it's the LAW!