Saturday, March 14, 2015

Trans-Pacific Partnership, a step towards Trusted Computing?

There's a lot to be said for diversity of copyright regime, and whether we'll have an ios App Store future -- aka "trusted computing", where a distant corporation approves the behavior of our machines -- or a Oneplus One future, where our machines are less reliable but harder for entrenched powers to restrict.

In a simple sense, at least, TPP is a step towards the trusted computing future.

Cory Doctorow warns that TPP seeks to jail people for accessing content, like TV shows that are already broadcast to us for free, if we access it through unapproved channels like BitTorrent.

Cory has a great story that touches on these issues, where Eurasia outcompetes the US over time because we're so obsessed with protecting IP. It's called "I, Robot", in a deliberate dig at the Ray Bradbury estate, which prosecutes uses of the term "Fahrenheit 451" if they don't pay up.

This post was originally an email to a friend or colleague, and was adapted to blog form as part of my experiment in saving what I write.

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