Jeff Sexton

Friday, May 11, 2007

DRM News

Two interesting items related to digital "rights" management were in the
news recently. First is is this one:

http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA6440876.html

Appearently the problem with the acceptance of DRM technologies is that we
consumers just don't understand how the technology "helps" us. Concider
this next time you have to jump through a few extra hoops to make a
version of some music (that you paid for and think you "own", or that you
paid for anyway) that you can listen to in you car or at work.

And then there's this:

http://www.forbes.com/business/feeds/afx/2007/05/10/afx3708595.html

Apparent a maker of copy protection technology is threatening to sue
Adobe, Microsoft, Apple and I assume others for failing to include the
company's DRM technology in content they make available via products Vista
and iTunes. The case they are making, as I understand it, is that not
only is circumventing a DRM scheme a crime under the Digital Millennium
Copyright Act, but failing to include DRM in a media product or delivery
system constitutes a circumvention! And of course this is harmful to
consumers, er, somehow.

Warning - this message does not include any DRM system protecting your
ability to access the two URLs included here. If you use your computer to
read that contant, or most any other content for that matter. Or for that
matter the vast majority or uses of a computer that I can think of... You
may be circumventing a digital rights management system.

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