Robert Weber, of Managing Rights Management, adds, after reading Stephen’s column, “In addition to consumer convenience, such interoperable systems may also put the emphasis where it’s most useful: increasing the protection of proprietary digital information of all kinds, not just music and video.”
You guys know my stand… I couldn’t agree more. I see how DRM software developers find the market of wrapping digital content in various protection schemes as lucrative, but at what cost to consumers? For some reason tech companies don’t believe in cross-platform compatibility. And worse yet, they prefer that everyone jump on to one platform or another, thus locking in the user. Of course, a step in the right direction would be as a simple as liberally licensing DRM technologies for use by third party developers and in return integrating their DRM into your systems (similar to the multi-codec compatibility we have in our audio/video players today), but will we ever see that day?
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