Not nirvana after all?

Cory Doctorow sent me email responding to the post on Wednesday about Intel’s WiFi + Firewire initiative. Apparently, the project originally had restrictive digital rights management built into it, though he hasn’t looked at it recently. This is a sticky issue. I think it’s fair to have some controls on licensed content (though Cory and others may disagree with me on where to draw the line). But putting those controls into the connection technology itself strikes me as a mistake. As the end-to-end argument makes clear, content-oriented functionality should go at the edges of the network whenever possible.