DReaM podcast: Digital Rights Management and Your Content

The latest Innovating@Sun podcast is available, focusing on the digital rights management interoperability work called Project DReaM. This was another fun episode to put in the can, working with Tom Jacobs from Sun Labs.

There are a host of issues wrapped up in digital rights management (DRM), interoperability, and copyrights. First, DRM affects everyone. If you create anything, from a slide deck for use in a staff meeting to editing your least favorite relative out of a digital photograph, you're a content creator. You should have full control and long-term ownership of your own output. Long-term is the key phrase here, because our ability to create, view, and edit content is becoming increasingly dependent upon how the content is encoded. Even mechanisms designed to supposedly add security to our own private content fall under the domain of DRM, and are regulated by the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) in the United States. Ignorance of the law is not healthy nor a defense when you find yourself divorced from your own bits, unable to use them again until you license the appropriate piece of DRM technology.

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