Wherefore Art Thou, DRM?

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Ars Technica and BusinessWeek take a cold, hard look at the reasons behind DRM and why — assuming honest people won’t break DRM — it’s still in play. Essentially, content providers are afraid of losing control over their content. Back when wax cylinders were all the rage and VHS tapes were hitting the market, Jack Valenti was actually worried that multiple people would watch a movie without paying for it. This same mentality is now effecting every aspect of the computing business and is essentially crippling everything we own, from our phones to our 108-inch LCD TVs. When will it end? Never, friend. Never.

Privately, Hollywood admits DRM isn’t about piracy [ArsTechnica]
Why Hollywood Snubbed Jobs at Macworld [BusinessWeek]

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