Cory Doctorow, one of the co-editors of the Internetâ€™s most popular blog and currently less than five blocks from my apartment as the Canada-U.S. Fulbright Chair at USCâ€™s Annenberg Center for Public Diplomacy, has written a thought-provoking piece about some of the potential dangers of hi-def content for Infoweek.
I donâ€™t know enough about the high-def specifications to actually have an opinion of my own on the subject, but it looks like Coryâ€™s main contention is restrictions on consumers are being subtly included with much of the high-def technology thatâ€™s currently being introduced to the market. Iâ€™m afraid I canâ€™t do his argument justice, so Iâ€™ll just let the man speak for himself:
The New HD technologies include anti-user nasties like â€œrenewabilityâ€ â€“ the ability to remotely disable some or all of the deviceâ€™s features without your permission. If someone, somewhere, figures out how to use your DVD burner to make copies of Hollywood movies, they can switch off *everyoneâ€™s* burner, punishing a limitless number of innocents to get at a few guilty parties.