The darknet rises: how Microsoft engineers predicted the failure of DRM as we knew it

The darknet rises: how Microsoft engineers predicted the failure of DRM as we knew it

In 2002, four Microsoft engineers presented a paper titled The Darknet and the Future of Content Distribution to a security conference in Washington, DC. They argued that DRM would be ineffective at stemming the unauthorized spread of copyrighted content due to a “darknet” of torrents, file lockers, and local sharing. Microsoft was in a tough position at the time as it wanted to both calm fears that PCs would become “locked down” by secure hardware modules at the same time as staying on the good side of content companies. Because of this, the paper’s authors almost lost their jobs and were not allowed to publicly defend their statements.

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The darknet rises: how Microsoft engineers predicted the failure of DRM as we knew it

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