Reading on oldish post

I was reading an oldish Schneier on Security post about framing printers on downloading copyrighted content.

The fact that it’s as easy as the researchers have made it look to frame printers for downloading movies makes it hard in my mind to justify the mechanics of going after people who download content. This is in addition to my position that in the digital world trying to protect content from piracy is impossible. It’s one thing to say we should protect people who patent inventions (if the patent is for true innovation it should be easy to protect the inventor’s licensing rights) or–before the age of the internet–to protect authors of books (because it’s prohibitively expensive to make copies). It’s quite another thing when it is almost cost free to make another copy of a piece of data.

So why do people still try?


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