What Cory Doctorow wishes Tim Berners-Lee understood about DRM

Cory Doctorow’s latest article in The Guardian addresses the idea of putting DRM in HTML5. Here however is what I find to be the most interesting bit and a salient point:

Compare DVDs to CDs. CDs had no DRM, so it was legal to invent technologies like the iPod and iTunes, which ripped, transcoded and copied music for personal uses. DVDs featured DRM, so it was illegal to add any features to them, and in the nearly 20 years since they were introduced, no legal technologies have been introduced to the market that do what iTunes and the iPod did in 2001. One company tried to ship a primitive DVD hard-drive jukebox and got sued out of that line of business. 20 years of DVDs, zero innovations. Now, DRM has not stopped people from making illegal copies of DVDs (obviously!), but it has entirely prevented any innovative legal products from entering the market for two decades, with no end in sight.

Read the rest @ www.guardian.co.uk.

March 12th, 2013 by