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|“||[t]he ability of companies or countries to control how consumers use a given product. Generative technologies are, by and large, not very regulable — it’s hard for governments or corporations to check how consumers are using the products. Tethered technologies are, in contrast, relatively easy to regulate. Companies can grant or withhold access to specific features of a technology, or keep users from adapting the technology for unintended purposes. See, for example, the iBrick. Countries can prevent consumers, or tell companies to prevent consumers from using technologies in ways deemed harmful or illegal. Witness TiVo v. Echostar.||”|
- Jonathan Zittrain, The Future of the Internet and How to Stop It (Glossary) (full-text).