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   RE: [xml-dev] Maturing Businesses and Web Standards

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For this yes, Joe, but for other things, maybe not.  
I agree with some of Jonathan Schwartz's and Tim Bray's points 
about telling a customer what they can do with their own purchase.

DRM can become like those commercials where 
the girl is staring into her closet and it acts 
like an ATM.  "That ain't right."

Poisoning the customer for profit is 
not good for future business.  If we lock 
up all the rights for data, then like 
prohibition, disrepectful data become 
epidemic.  We can DRM a CD or an MP3 
to death.  So what do we do about the 
speaker wires?  It becomes more Draconian.

I know you are doing good work, Joe, and in
systems where data protection is critical, 
this is necessary until carried to extremes.  
Our history is rife with cover-ups and this 
is hurting our democratic way of life.  We 
have to ask ourselves who benefits.   I 
think overzealous efforts to protect wealth  
rots freedom.  Fear is good for basting a 
turkey until it's ready to carve.


From: Chiusano Joseph [mailto:chiusano_joseph@bah.com]

The DRM will provide great advantage for all of this as well.

Joe (busy writing!)


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