Transparency trumps piracy

I’ve been saying (and writing) lately that piracy is the consequence of a bad API. That thought came to mind last week, when I was drawn into a discussion of the U.S. government’s responses to Wikileaks.

I look at classification as the government’s analog version of DRM, which (as we have seen in publishing) can block casual piracy but is pretty ineffective against intentional theft of content.

In the discussion, I used my experience studying piracy to make a point about the difficulty and escalating cost of trying to reliably wrap something in a protective layer.

In this era, strengthening the current rules and emphasizing enforcement at the cost of the Constitution are popular options, but I have another idea. Maybe we could work on having fewer secrets.

If government were more open, it might also cost less (speaking of bad APIs …)

About Brian O'Leary

Founder and principal of Magellan Media Consulting, Brian O’Leary helps enterprises with media and publishing components capitalize on the power of content. A veteran of more than 30 years in the publishing industry and a prolific content producer himself, Brian leverages the breadth and depth of his experience to deliver innovative content solutions.

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