Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Death of Music "Rights Mngmt"

The Inevitable Death of DRM

I agree that DRM is (or will be) on a decline. At the end of the day, you can’t prevent computers from doing what they’re good at: copying bits.

That makes the whole selling-lots-of-copies-of-copyable-data business model pretty lame.

The record industry only ever succeeded because their product was inseparable from the plastic discs they used for distribution.

It’s like we’re going back to the 19th century, when music was a SERVICE, not a PRODUCT. If you wanted to be a successful musician, you had to be hired to do useful work: writing a symphony, playing a gig in a king’s court, etc. Like it or not, that’s what we’re headed back to: services.

Commenter # 7 has hit the nail on the head -- the music biz has to adapt to the realities of the digital age. DRM is their quixotic effort to make reality conform to their outdated business models. Good luck with that guys.

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