Delaying change

Posted by Pierre Igot in: Technology
September 25th, 2003 • 9:35 pm

An interesting article in the The New York Times about the striking similarities between the current “battle” against peer-to-peer file sharing waged by the RIAA and the battle waged by the US administration in the early 1990s against strong encryption in business and consumer tools.

Those seeking to restrict the new technology are using “legal intimidation” to fight their battles, [security expert Bruce Schneier] said. And, he predicted, the ultimate outcome will be similar: “Strong crypto would inevitably be used. Digital files are inevitably copyable.” The real goal of the pushback in both cases, he said, is to delay change.

And, by the looks of it, the RIAA won’t be able to cause much of a delay.

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