DRM and the “Digital Lifestyle” [8:45 am]
In Nice last week, the European Commission announced its Networked & Electronic Media (NEM) initiative.
Its broad scope stretches from the way media is created, through each of the stages of its distribution, to its playback.
The Commission wants people to be able to locate the content they desire and have it delivered seamlessly, when on the move, at home or at work, no matter who supplies the devices, network, content, or content protection scheme.
[...] What is significant is that such a large and powerful organisation has stated its desire for digital formats to be open to all and work on any gadget.
This is bound to please, if not surprise, many individuals and user organisations who feel that the wishes of the holder of rights to content are normally considered over and above those of the consumer.
Many feel that the most difficult and challenging area for the Commission will be to identify a solution for different Digital Rights Management (DRM) schemes.