DRM advocates may cry foul now, after all they have invented all their shiny toys they like to brandish, however consider these two simply facts:
- DRM circumvention protection rights are lobbied for all around the globe by industry lobbyists
- No DRM company puts their specification up into the open public for review.
The issue to be dealt with is trust. The consumer has been ruled out to be trusted, thus nobody else to trust is left. If you trust nobody you're paranoid, and the world's a scary place to live in. Oddly that's just how the RIAA/MPAA seem to be behaving.
- A talk about DRM by Cory Doctorow
- A video illustrating problems with trusted computing. DRM runs on the concept of trusted hardware, and trust is an important topic in the discussion.
- Fair use
- Right for private copy
- The public domain (after the copyright expires)
The future of the DRM industry may seem rosy for now. Today and for a while to come a demand for the technology exists, nobody guarantees that demand will continue. A down in this market will emerge, and as usual, who had a solid business foundation and delivered real and lasting value to his customers will survive it.