Vista Lacks Trust in Users

By Jim Rapoza  |  Posted 2008-01-16 Print this article Print

Vista features keep people from viewing content that is legally purchased.

Making predictions is always a tough racket, I know that I have more than my fair share of prognostications that after a couple of years pass end up being way off the mark.

But there is one prediction that I made a couple of years ago that is looking to be right on the target. In columns in 2005 and in 2006 I predicted that there were features in the (at the time) upcoming Microsoft Vista operating system that would be used against consumers and would end up making some people regret ever upgrading to Vista.

These features fit under Microsoft's Trusted Computing umbrella and are known as Protected Video Path-Output Protection Management (PVP-OPM) and Certified Output Protection Protocol (COPP). And one of the main goals of these "features" is to enforce video digital rights management all the way from the PC hardware to the monitor it connects to.

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Jim Rapoza, Chief Technology Analyst, eWEEK.For nearly fifteen years, Jim Rapoza has evaluated products and technologies in almost every technology category for eWEEK. Mr Rapoza's current technology focus is on all categories of emerging information technology though he continues to focus on core technology areas that include: content management systems, portal applications, Web publishing tools and security. Mr. Rapoza has coordinated several evaluations at enterprise organizations, including USA Today and The Prudential, to measure the capability of products and services under real-world conditions and against real-world criteria. Jim Rapoza's award-winning weekly column, Tech Directions, delves into all areas of technologies and the challenges of managing and deploying technology today.

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