An analogy to TPM
If TPM is considered to be a sort of bullet-proof jacket -- to be precise: a jacket that is 'deemed to be bullet-proof', and if 'circumventing' the jacket means firing a (special) bullet through it, then we have an analogy to TPM.
Continuing the analogy, if a special bullet penetrated a jacket (deemed to be bullet-proof) which was being worn by a person at the time (think: copy-protected), then the person would probably suffer a serious wound.
In this analogy, the government's position would not just prohibit shooting at jackets (deemed to be bullet-proof) being worn, but jackets (deemed to be bullet-proof) hanging on a clothes-rack, being tested at an independent jacket-testing laboratory, and so-on.
It would, as well as 'protecting' 'rightful' jacket-wearers, also protect illegitimate jacket-wearers (ie patent or copyright *infringers*).
There is some interesting chatter on other forums that might be worth
looking at, and participating in the comments. Mr Corcoran is
influential for that generation that still reads newspapers (which is
most of our politicians), and those on the political "right" that are
currently in government. He is a good example of the type of
technologically illiterate people within the content industry that are
being used as powerful pawns in the "Copyfight".
Technological measures in a land of myth and a time of magic
http://c11.ca/5448 - my longer blog reply to Jesse's interview, where I comment on
whether I would agree with Mr Corcoran if there was actually some magic
technology that worked the way he mistakenly thought technological
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