Policy is important, right? wrong? I think good policy is very important.
The best way to breed criminal behaviour is by having policy that makes it impossible to do something legally!
For example, I was reading on twitter that a guy who bought an HD movie through itunes couldn’t play it on his older apple cinema display because of HDCP… so, a legitimately purchased HD movie, purchased through apple’s own channels, couldn’t even be played on a legitimate apple cimena display because of digital protection methods that were put in place once HDMI connections got a little more established! Normally, this may lead a person to say, “well, i tried”, and go to their favourite bittorrent source to obtain the movie through illegal, DRM free, channels. (in fact, i read the guy ended up converting the movie to SD to get it to play, so good on him for not going the illegal route! Yay, Scott Kurtz! I don’t know many who would go to that length, although technically, i don’t know Scott Kurtz either. haha)
So that’s dumb.
But what about when good policy still makes life harder? Policy isn’t meant to make life easier, it’s meant to guide, govern and protect. Good or bad policy doesn’t mean easy or difficult… ugh. It’s still enough to make my head spin.
I don’t think i could be a politician.