FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle
DRM is not about piracy, it is about control. If DRM crippled software, music and film is clearly labeled, the market will reject it. Witness Divx's failure, and Apple's success. As the cost of reproduction and distribution approaches 0, we should have vast libraries at our fingertips, but industry is fighting this great flourishing of culture in an attempt to retain an outdated business model. It is a losing battle, things have changed, industry has to adapt, and that doesn't mean persecuting people for file sharing, using software and hardware to spy on them, or using DRM to break things which are hard enough to keep working as it is. Witness the RIAA running away from the courts and the outcry when phone home software and games stops working as the servers are taken down. DRM and these industries are holding back a cultural renaissance, which is a great loss to all of us.