December 21, 2001
DRM patent means Microsoft just turned into big brother
Author: JT Smith
NewsFactor Network writes: "It has just come to light that Microsoft has been awarded a software patent for a "Digital Rights Management" operating system. This development shows us exactly where we as consumers stand. Microsoft doesn't have to offer anything to the government; it only has to hold possession of a patent covering the "DRM" elements of its latest OS. In my opinion, this patent seems to provide an (almost) assured trajectory toward establishing the terms by which the public's ability to communicate digital information will be controlled."