Monday, December 03, 2007

Demise of DRM and Moving On

More evidence of that the rumors of the death of DRM in the record business are not being excessively exaggerated can be found here at Reuters and here at Ars Technica.

So - one wonders whether the Canadian Government will really try to etch into stone a maximalist form of protection for a minimally useful and - more to the point - largely unworkable and dysfunctional technology that the industry itself is leaving behind as fast as it can. And as fast as one can spell C-R-I-A.

When automobiles came into being, the horse and buggy industry learned to adapt.

The rail industry adapted to airplanes.

IBM moved beyond typewriters and main frames - though their delay was extremely costly.

But the record industry remains stuck on a a one hundred year old model that maxed out in the 1980's with the $25 dollar CD.

Those days are over - and the Canadian government should let the fertile and creative part of the music industry and Canadian citizens, consumers and music fans move on.

We don't need legislated protection for harnesses and buggy whips.


1 comment:

  1. The CRIA lobby, representing the major cartel, is likely to get what they have been asking for from the Canadian government, and very soon. Visiting the CRIA website is telling. Starting with the CRIA logo (a shiny CD), through the misrepresentations of the facts and outright lies. I worked for the cartel, and I know their tricks. The claims of investment are not only exagerated, but are duplicituous. The claim that most musicians make their living from the sale of CDs is a blatant lie.
    Where are our friends in the press. Sound the alarm. We need help making our case in the press.
    Artists are our best bet, but we need someone famous and well spoken.