A couple of people have been by looking for Cory Doctorow’s DRM manifesto.
Here’s a link for the PDF version:
Here’s a link to Cory’s weblog entry for a video link (and comments):
And here’s the link for the video:
as Cory points out on his weblog entry:
“Now Microsoft has released this video to the public, though you need Microsoft Internet Explorer and Windows Media Player to see it. “
“Why would the big four music companies agree to let Apple and others distribute their music without using DRM systems to protect it? The simplest answer is because DRMs haven’t worked, and may never work, to halt music piracy. Though the big four music companies require that all their music sold online be protected with DRMs, these same music companies continue to sell billions of CDs a year which contain completely unprotected music. That’s right! No DRM system was ever developed for the CD, so all the music distributed on CDs can be easily uploaded to the Internet, then (illegally) downloaded and played on any computer or player.
In 2006, under 2 billion DRM-protected songs were sold worldwide by online stores, while over 20 billion songs were sold completely DRM-free and unprotected on CDs by the music companies themselves. The music companies sell the vast majority of their music DRM-free, and show no signs of changing this behavior, since the overwhelming majority of their revenues depend on selling CDs which must play in CD players that support no DRM system.
So if the music companies are selling over 90 percent of their music DRM-free, what benefits do they get from selling the remaining small percentage of their music encumbered with a DRM system? There appear to be none. If anything, the technical expertise and overhead required to create, operate and update a DRM system has limited the number of participants selling DRM protected music. If such requirements were removed, the music industry might experience an influx of new companies willing to invest in innovative new stores and players. This can only be seen as a positive by the music companies.”
“SURPRISE, SURPRISE, SURPRISE. After all the lawsuits we’ve been reporting about, all the fiasco’s we’ve been through (Microsoft incompatible trio MSN-Plays For Sure-Zune), and now, it seems that music industry executives are finally thinking with their senses and not with their ill-fated techno-paranoid logic. During Music 2.0 conference in Los Angeles, a lot of speakers are confirming that the time has come to either drop the DRM completely, or enable complete interoperability between various devices and services such as iTunes, Zune, Sansa, Rhapsody, eMusic, Yahoo, Napster, Limewire, Walkman etc.”