Thursday, April 06, 2006

A better DRM?

Sun Microsystems has proposed an open sourced DRM called DReaM (clever huh). The idea sounds odd at first, but it is interesting, basically it would be DRM to make companies happy, but to have it run across platforms so that once you buy your song you could use it on any device. (don't worry companies will figure out how to sell you a copy again somehow)
Even Larry Lessig (Stanford Law prof) likes the idea:

"In a world where DRM has become ubiquitous, we need to ensure that the ecology for creativity is bolstered, not stifled, by technology. We applaud Sun's efforts to rally the community around the development of open-source, royalty-free DRM standards that support 'fair use' and that don't block the development of Creative Commons ideals."

It isn't perfect though, and some still question if it is just an alternative to Play For Sure by Microsoft or Apple's DRM. However, one difference is the idea that devices able to play DReaM would be certified by an independent board, rather than by any company.

(see Wired article "Reasons to Love Open-Source DRM")

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