eXplorations, Episode #3: Digital Rights Management (DRM) and the Future Digital Economy

by M. David Peterson

Related link: http://channelxml.com/community/blogs/m.david/archive/2006/01/15/17.aspx

Previously, the intro to this post read:

In season #15 of 'How The WorldWide Web Turns' Amazon FINALLY demands Google to get on it's knees and flash a Diamond so bright that, at a pinch, it could be 'mounted high atop the Pacific Medical Center' they call their corporate home (true story, by-the-way) and 'used as a makeshift lighthouse to aid the Port of Seattle' in collecting its daily duties (I'm tagging that whole phrase SIC, btw) from each of the shipping vessels carrying one of the 200,000 average shipping containers in or out of Puget Sound each month.

Of course, what Amazon hasn't told Google is that they're really not as committed to this relationship as they're making out... 90% of those containers contain products bound for a 'customer' of Amazon (associate? Hmmm.... I smell an 'Intern' scandal in the making over this one (Season #19, episode 14, for those keeping track) and as such, needs some of those zeros pulled from the end of that Google (please tell me I don't have to explain what that means?!) as, while business is busy, when you have to 'grease-the-palms' of each of your so-called 'friends' (Do you feel sorry for 'em? Not me! They chose this 'lifestyle', it didn't choose them! ;), razor-thin profits, being all but visible (another possible use for the Blinding Diamond, btw) to the naked eye, don't exactly leave you overflowing with extra cash to throw around at the end of the 'shipping day'!

Of course, Google is already well aware, having been 'informed' from 'a friend' the real story behind Amazons Diamond Demands, and in fact happen to have some Diamond Designs of their own, but these won't be made known until Season #18 - Episode 7 -- Those crafty Writers Guild writers always find a way to keep those eyeballs glued to the screen, and as such a 'current' contract glued inside their filing cabinet...

Oh wait... I might need to check the script to be sure this is still the case... If I'm not mistaken, the Writers Guild themselves may have been written-out in Season #14, episode 9, which in many ways is the direct result of the subject matter Kurt and I discuss in this episode of eXplorations... So I guess I should just let you have at it? Hurry! If you miss this episode and have to play catch-up that could ruin the ENTIRE season! Then what?

Oh, well I guess thats a good point... you could just unsubscribe from the feed and be done with it, couldn't ya... ;)

Hmmm... maybe the Writer's Guild COULD actually be looking at a future in which they didn't have a hand in writing... Don't you just love technology! ;)

[Original content of the above linked post...]

[UPDATE: I've "REMASTERED" the original, cleaning things up a bit more as well as removing one minute and twenty-two (1:22) worth of the music filler which I wasn't completely satisified with. The result is much cleaner (in terms of the sound quality) and A TON easier on the ears, something I discovered to be a bit of a problem with the final mp3 and wav files I originally posted. While still an amateur I'm slowly beginning to understand how to use the editing equipment a bit better. I think you will enjoy the result quite a bit more. I've added .v2 to the last part of the file name before the .mp3 or .wma file and left the other files in place for anybody who has linked to them. However, I have updated the links below to the new file names.]

Fighting to maintain control of its desktop dominance, has Microsoft subsequently been mentally pigeon-holed by the various Internet communities to continually be cast in the desktop role? This question may seem silly , but what happens when the desktop is no longer viewed as 'sexy' and as a result continues to find itself with fewer and fewer lines, ultimately being written off in season fifteen of 'How The WorldWide Web Turns' due to lack of interest from the viewers?

In this episode of eXplorations, Kurt and I take a closer look at Digital Rights Management and the recent root kit debacle with Sony. Could this one event be the downfall of Sony, Microsoft, and any others who choose to continue forward with plans to control that in which we read, listen, or watch by invoking strict requirements that suggest in no uncertain terms when and what we can read, listen to, or watch, with further requirement that we purchase both hardware and software for the content to be readable, listen-able, and watchable in the first place?

Could this last suggested scenario prove to be the real reason behind the season #15 write-off for Microsoft? After all, its not always lack of fan interest and instead the actors themselves who believe they've reached a level of untouchable status and therefore make demands that cause the shows producers to find reason themselves to expose the career-devastating photos they have locked away in the safe for just such a situation. With this suggested scenario, where does this leave companies like Amazon and Google who have been focused on building a grass roots fan following by giving them a cut of their contract each month in thanks for helping to 'spread the word'?

And what about DRM and censorship? Are those in whom invoke DRM control over artistic content censoring these same artists by binding them to stay within the confines of a DRM-based economy? Can the notion of a DRM-based economy survive long enough to even matter? Take a musical journey with me through the course of this podcast and make a decision for yourself whether you agree with the suggestions I attempt to make using the sounds of Rage Against The Machine, A Perfect Circle, and Pink Floyd as my 'voice'. This is probably the most fun I've personally had with audio gear I barely know how to use, and the discussion between Kurt and I has turned out to be a lot more than I think either of realized it to be.

Whether you agree with any of what is presented in this show, 17 minutes and 40 seconds of fun times for all awaits your click. Both Kurt and I are having a blast with this show and we're quite excited to see that others seem to enjoy what we have to say. Thanks for both your time and interest! It is much appreciated :)

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Is DRM and all of its supporters doomed? Or are we taking WAY TOO MANY things for granted and avoiding the reality of our of DRM'd Destiny? Whichever side of the question mark you find yourself, your time and thoughts are truly appreciated!