BBC’s Bill Thompson on DRM [6:54 pm]
Because the trusted computing base is also used to make digital rights management (DRM) systems more secure, this will give content providers a lot more control over what we can do with music, movies and books that we have bought from them.
We have seen recently how allowing digital rights management services into our lives can lead to unwelcome consequences.
[...] One wonders whether hardware-based DRM will work for those who believe that locking-down digital content is a bad idea, and that the flexibility of copyright law is something that should be embraced and not taken away.
It will not work because of the fundamental flaw at the heart of the system: in order for the purchaser to view the content it has to be unlocked.
Once it is unlocked then someone, somewhere, will figure out a way to make a copy of the unlocked version.
And once an unlocked version leaks onto the network it will be uncontrollable.
The efforts going into DRM would be much better spent building efficient distribution services, finding business models that are based on trusting your customers, and offering high quality downloads at fair prices.
Related: CNet’s Hardware security sneaks into PCs
Slashdot’s BBC on DRM and Trusted Computing