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Old 01-18-2009, 07:44 PM   #30
llasram
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Originally Posted by kovidgoyal View Post
Any one can produce software to circumvent the restrictions placed by DRM, but it wont be legal to do so. I think that is the principal point of defence for DRM. Any additional security through obscurity is insignificant compared to that.
I was curious enough to try to drill down into the legal code involved. IANAL, but the US DMCA has this definition:

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a technological measure “effectively controls access to a work” if the measure, in the ordinary course of its operation, requires the application of information, or a process or a treatment, with the authority of the copyright owner, to gain access to the work.
I'm not sure an open specification meets that standard, as there is no chain of trust necessitating "the authority of the copyright owner" in order to unlock the work.
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