The reason that most other individuals are against the legislation is because, in the guise of preventing pirating, it could open the way clear to make leasing compulsory and enforcable. It’s the thin edge of a wedge. We’re talking about having the compulsory installation of a lock on your computer that you don’t own the key to.
Basically you could end up with a PC where you have no legal right to access anything on it without paying someone. If you want anything on your hard disk prepare to have it vetted. Nothing is allowed to be your private business or encrypted, after all you could be simply hiding something that you haven’t paid your rental on. The legislation takes control of your computer off your hands and leaves you as no better than a paying visitor.
Want to look at a web site that doesn’t use a licence certificate? Well how does your computer know this isn’t unpaid for licenced stuff that’s been ripped off? Nope, sorry, your computer cannot use any of that. If you want to browse properly why not visit one of these properly licenced web sites run by your friendly media mega-corp. Enter your credit card number here for a week’s subscription…
Now all this may be a viable and sensible way of financing the software and media industries, but would it benefit computer users or make for better computers? Most people don’t think so.
The legislation itself is been driven by media companies scared silly by the inroads that computer technology is making into their turf. Rather than find a way of providing media content that people might actually happily pay for on their computers, they have decided to force their way into the market by legislation. In a nut shell they want to own your computer and make it like TV. If you want to see or do anything on it you must first pay them money each and every time, or watch their adverts so that they can you sell other stuff.
Gateway fear that their customers simply won’t buy into it. They will keep their old stuff that doesn’t force this on them. And then there is the fact that this is only US legislation. Other manufacturers based in other countries will either ignore the requirements or provide easy ways for them to be by-passed.