What future for Digital Rights Management?
As I have always maintained, DRM is only a small part of the rather complex situation we are faced with using content in the information age. So how can there really be a future for a ‘solution’ like DRM which seems to press all the wrong buttons?
My recent article in Computing magazine discusses this state of affairs, and it points out the all too familiar impact of misguided use of DRM (and the resulting negative reactions / news coverage), which will contribute to its ultimate its demise. But regardless of how this plays out, there still remains a need for a solution to the larger problem of managing Intellectual Property rights in the digital world and this won’t go away just because DRM is no more. So, as usual, I would be very interested to get your comments on the article, and to find out what you think should be the solution to this wider problem of managing IPR in the digital world – with or without DRM.
P.S. The article also mentions this blog. It seems we are getting famous!
P.P.S. The launch of my Book on DRM is scheduled to take place on the 23rd of October, at the BCS office in Central London. I will post further details, when I receive them, and I look forward to meeting some of you on the day!