DRM – the Movie, featuring Cory Doctorow..

July 13, 2006


On the 17 June 2004, Cory presented to Microsoft the pitfalls of DRM (Digital Rights Management). The transcript has been available since then, but the video presentation has been released today by researchchannel.org.

The overview is:-

1. That DRM systems don’t work

2. That DRM systems are bad for society

3. That DRM systems are bad for business

4. That DRM systems are bad for artists

5. That DRM is a bad business-move for MSFT

Not only is the presentation entertaining, but it clearly explains why DRM is pointless. If you’re a content maker, technologist, artist or an entrepeneur, you really need to watch or read this. In classic Microsoft style, you’ll need Microsoft Internet Explorer and Windows Media Player to watch the video…

More recently Sony Chief Executive Officer Howard Stringer though a CBS interview, announced that Sony had made mistakes using DRM. What impact this has on the next gerneration DVD and gaming consoles from both Microsoft and Sony, is still in debate.

Cory writes for the superb Boing Boing – essential daily viewing and covers the Sony DRM fiasco from last year.

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