Sunday, April 8, 2007

DRM coming down???

After Apple, now Microsoft? Have the record companies finally come to their senses and realized that treating their customers like criminals is not the best way to sell their products. The study of online trading of music and p2p networks is a study of disruptive technologies. There will always be people who will try to shut Pandora's box but they have always failed. Oh but the damage that they can do while trying...

Will the dismantling of DRM now be accompanied by legislative changes because our enlightened leaders will see that the DMCA is no longer that relelvant? Probably not without some fights ahead but the story with COPA ( Child Online Protection Act) gives some hope.

Companies need to understand when their business model has become obsolete otherwise they risk becoming obsolete. No amount of legislation will save bad business models - at least not for long.

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