[cap-talk] Bellovin paper that cites Hayek to justify enabling easy delegation
david-sarah at jacaranda.org
Tue Nov 10 21:00:40 PST 2009
Bill Frantz wrote:
> alan.karp at hp.com (Karp, Alan H) on Tuesday, November 10, 2009 wrote:
>> Laissez-faire file sharing: Access control designed for individuals at the endpoints
> They say:
> While the freedom to restrict access or further delegation
> may initially seem counter to a laissez-faire philosophy, such
> restrictions are the foundation of intellectual property law
> designed to spur innovation.
Well, at least my opinions about both of those are consistent :-)
More seriously, that's pretty much the only questionable sentence in
a paper that generally argues strongly for freedom of delegation. It's
somewhat verbose, but there's very little that I would disagree with.
> Freedom of delegation is one of the most attractive proper-
> ties of email attachments, as files can be shared with anyone
> (or any group) with an email address.
> I notice they don't mention that email attachments have no effective
> controls on further delegation. :-)
They do mention that, in section 2:
# By attaching a file to an email one may sacrifice the ability to
# permanently delete the data, prevent readers from forwarding it to
# others, or prevent others from editing their own copy.
David-Sarah Hopwood ⚥ http://davidsarah.livejournal.com
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