eXplorations, Episode #3: Digital Rights Management (DRM) and the Future Digital Economy

[UPDATE: I’ve “REMASTERED” the original, cleaning things up a bit more as well as removing one minute and twenty-two (1:22) worth of the music filler which I wasn’t completely satisified with.  The result is much cleaner (in terms of the sound quality) and A TON easier on the ears, something I discovered to be a bit of a problem with the final mp3 and wav files I originally posted.  While still an amateur I’m slowly beginning to understand how to use the editing equipment a bit better.  I think you will enjoy the result quite a bit more.  I’ve added .v2 to the last part of the file name before the .mp3 or .wma file and left the other files in place for anybody who has linked to them.  However, I have updated the links below to the new file names.]

Fighting to maintain control of its desktop dominance, has Microsoft subsequently been mentally pigeon-holed by the various Internet communities to continually be cast in the desktop role? This question may seem silly , but what happens when the desktop is no longer viewed as ‘sexy’ and as a result continues to find itself with fewer and fewer lines, ultimately being written off in season fifteen of ‘How The WorldWide Web Turns’ due to lack of interest from the viewers?

In this episode of eXplorations, Kurt and I take a closer look at Digital Rights Management and the recent root kit debacle with Sony. Could this one event be the downfall of Sony, Microsoft, and any others who choose to continue forward with plans to control that in which we read, listen, or watch by invoking strict requirements that suggest in no uncertain terms when and what we can read, listen to, or watch, with further requirement that we purchase both hardware and software for the content to be readable, listen-able, and watchable in the first place?

Could this last suggested scenario prove to be the real reason behind the season #15 write-off for Microsoft? After all, its not always lack of fan interest and instead the actors themselves who believe they’ve reached a level of untouchable status and therefore make demands that cause the shows producers to find reason themselves to expose the career-devastating photos they have locked away in the safe for just such a situation. With this suggested scenario, where does this leave companies like Amazon and Google who have been focused on building a grass roots fan following by giving them a cut of their contract each month in thanks for helping to ‘spread the word’?

And what about DRM and censorship? Are those in whom invoke DRM control over artistic content censoring these same artists by binding them to stay within the confines of a DRM-based economy? Can the notion of a DRM-based economy survive long enough to even matter? Take a musical journey with me through the course of this podcast and make a decision for yourself whether you agree with the suggestions I attempt to make using the sounds of Rage Against The Machine, A Perfect Circle, and Pink Floyd as my ‘voice’. This is probably the most fun I’ve personally had with audio gear I barely know how to use, and the discussion between Kurt and I has turned out to be a lot more than I think either of realized it to be.

Whether you agree with any of what is presented in this show, 17 minutes and 40 seconds of fun times for all awaits your click. Both Kurt and I are having a blast with this show and we’re quite excited to see that others seem to enjoy what we have to say. Thanks for both your time and interest! It is much appreciated 🙂