Jerry Seinfeld, DRM and locked music
April 22, 2008 | 9:43 pm
–TBC to Mac Users: No Seinfeld for you, from Silicon Valley Insider. “Turner says the reason they’re not Mac-friendly is they use Microsoft’s DRM software to protect their valuable assets.” From making more money off the Jerry Seinfeld videos?
–DRM sucks redux: Microsoft to nuke MSN Music DRM keys, from Ars Technica. “Customers who have purchased music from Microsoft’s now-defunct MSN Music store are now facing a decision they never anticipated making: commit to which computers (and OS) they want to authorize forever, or give up access to the music they paid for.”
Just why should e-book DRM be any different?
The good news: My sense is that major publishers are indeed starting to have second thoughts about DRM. As well they should! People want to own e-books for real. DRM, as always, remains both a lit and sales toxin.