Time to Revisit DRM Debate
I recently led a workshop based on some work I had done on the digital ecosystem. I talked about the methodology and findings and sought to identify the key drivers that are influencing today’s world such as technology, the Internet and media converge. The panel and I then worked with attendees to help them identify which drivers—net neutrality, network security, bandwidth, research—were most important to CEOs.
Much of this, of course, was hardly surprising. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that electronics manufacturers care about technology, hardware design and R&D. One driver did surprise me: intellectual property and intellectual property reform. As an Internet guy and software developer, this was familiar territory: our firm is more and more hampered and challenged by the patent process and legislation in the U.S.
But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that, of course, manufacturers care about this. They care about piracy, but they also care about consumer adoption. They see the potential pitfalls, especially since consumers are hesitant to buy devices that may not play everything they own.