Friday, November 11, 2005

Homeland Security To Hollywood: "It's Not Your Computer"

You know the DRM issue has gotten out of hand when the Department of Homeland Security starts calling for moderation and the preservation of personal liberties.

As noted in the Washington Post's Security Fix, Stewart Baker, recently appointed DHS assistant secretary for policy, referred to the fracas over Sony's anti-piracy tactics in his opening remarks at an intellectual property theft panel in D.C. on Thursday:

"'I wanted to raise one point of caution as we go forward, because we are also responsible for maintaining the security of the information infrastructure of the United States and making sure peoples' [and] businesses' computers are secure. ... There's been a lot of publicity recently about tactics used in pursuing protection for music and DVD CDs in which questions have been raised about whether the protection measures install hidden files on peoples' computers that even the system administrators can’t find.'

"In a remark clearly aimed directly at Sony and other labels, Stewart continued: 'It's very important to remember that it's your intellectual property -- it's not your computer.'"

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