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Read the EFF DVB briefing paper Who controls your TelevisionEFF has just published a long-awaited, brilliant paper on Europe's proposed digital TV DRM system.
... EFF is the only consumer group admitted to the DRM negotiations — closed door, secretive meetings that you had to pay EU10,000 a year to attend — and then only because it came as the representative of some open source manufacturers. Speaking of which, the DVB spec requires that devices be built to resist end-user modification, which means that open source and free software are right out.