Thursday, April 07, 2005

This Isn't the Answer Either

Congress is considering stepping in to make DRM schemes compatible across different hardware/software platforms:
The Congress have been considering a plan that would outlaw music protected by proprietary digital rights management (DRM) technology, such as Apple's FairPlay, which stops iTunes downloads being played on Microsoft digital music players and vice versa.
Why do they feel the need to step in? I'm not a big fan of DRM (it's really a silly game), nor am I a fan of the DMCA or suing and/or imprisoning your customers if they copy your digital wares. But I certainly don't want the government telling technology companies how they are to distribute their goods.

Stay away. Far away.

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