ZDNet’s David Berlid has an interesting analysis on the � The big picture behind Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, AOL, Real, and Sun deal-o-mania where he draws connections between the recent string of announcements in tech industry: The Google/Sun partnership, the lauch of the video iPod, the interest in partnering with AOL, and the Real/Microsoft settlement. It all boils down to Digital Rights Managments and who gets to control access to all the DRM-laced content of the future Internet. Creepy.
Just remember, though, that DRM is not about managing your digital rights. It’s about having a third party manage the restrictions placed on digital content you bought and now have on your hardware. Someone, or something, besides you gets to decide if you can watch it. DRM should rightfully be called Digital Restrictions Managment.
Don Marti provides a wider context for the DRM issue, it’s a speech issue, not a consumer issue.
Lastly, in a strange case of blog cannibalism. I have to link to a comment in another blog that links to same story. One poster notes that turn about is fair play, if media companies have DRM content, consumers should have DRM cash.