“‘We have awakened a sleeping giant, and filled him with a terrible resolve.’ This World War II quote should be echoed in the hectic halls of Sony-BMG. Except, this time, the sleeping giant is not America, but the consumer – and this giant will not be easily put down. For those not in the know – Sony-BMG recently added “security” measures to the CD’s of their artists in an effort to curb piracy. However, Sony’s DRM (Digital Rights Management) scheme was little more than a piece of glorified spyware. Now, everyone from Microsoft, to the consumer to the EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) is up in arms over the malicious code and Sony’s recent attempts to defend its use and implementation,” David Walker writes for eHomeUpgrade.
“Until recently, the music studios fought a digital distribution method for music until Apple forced them into the game. The traditional models of revenue are quickly being antiquated and the studios are panicking. The “compromise” was to use DRM; managing what you could do with the DVD or CD you had bought. However, with no standard for DRM, the studios were left to determine what you could do with “their” content. For the most part, consumers have been either a) unaware of DRM or b) aware and unconcerned. To the average consumer, DRM doesn’t matter as long as the music they want ends up on their iPod. Enter Sony-BMG,” Walker writrs. “The average consumer is beginning to wake; and seeing DRM in the same light as viruses and spyware is definitely NOT what the major studios were hoping for. If this issue is kept alive in the media and the blogosphere, the studios will be forced to open the dialogue on DRM and consumer rights. Hopefully, DRM and consumer rights can be discussed, and a solution devised, that will allow the consumer to use his purchased media without the fear of criminal persecution or a spyware infected PC.”
Full article here.
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