I kept it short tonight, since I’m off to Southern California in preparation for the Portable Media Expo this weekend. I’m going down a couple days early to visit family, which means I have to leave the house before 5:00 am to avoid the worst of the traffic. I’ve been varying the length of the podcast a lot lately, short when it’s just me, longer when I have a guest, and occasionally much longer when they have something exceptional to say. If the variable length bothers you, speak up and let me know. If the variable length is fine with you, speak up and let me know.
Astaro Security Gateway – Not only my sponsor, but one of the subjects of tonight’s podcast. I’m looking for feedback from anyone who’s tried their product
Brave New Ballot – Avi Rubin’s book on dangers of electronic voting machines, especially Diebold
PCI Security Standards Council – Brought to you tonight by Appendix B
Network Security Podcast, Episode 45, September 26, 2006
Tonight’s music: Heroes by Jack in the Pulpit
Thanks again to my sponsor Astaro Corporation. Visit their site and sign up to receive your free demo Astaro Security Gateway
Over at Securosis there’s a long article explaining to non-geeks what Digital Rights Management is really all about. He goes about it the long way, but in the end he comes down to the real reason companies are pushing so hard for DRM: they want to control how we experience content. The content companies are trying to erode the concept of fair use because they want us to buy new copies of the content for each piece of equipment, each place we consume the content and eventually ever single time we consume the content. I couldn’t find the quote, but at least one of the music execs eventually wants each and every use of a song to be a new revenue stream for the company.
Windows Media Player 11 is a great example of how DRM is being used to limit our rights. Backing up your media, not allowed. Moving it to a different computer, verbotten. Importing your content to a non-Windows player? Yeah, right. The worst violation of the new DRM contracts is that the companies, Apple and Amazon, as well as Microsoft, is that the companies retain the right to change the contract without any notice or recourse from the users. How many contracts have you ever entered into that can be changed on the fly without notification or recourse? I can only imagine that the insurance industry is drooling at the thought: “We hearby revoke the hurricane clause for all homes in the New Orleans are for 14 days”. Oh, wait, they do some of that already.