Good news, the MPAA has heard your cries and is now committed to letting you watch your movies on whatever device you want. It even wants to let you rip your DVDs to your home network. There's just one catch (you knew there would be a catch): you'll have to wait until the MPAA can develop a system of interoperable DRM. In other words, you're probably going to be waiting a long time, if not forever. This was the message from MPAA head honcho Dan Glickman, who spoke at a conference this week on the need to remove restrictions on consumers. Unfortunately for Glickman, the whole point of DRM is to restrict the use of whatever media is being protected. As for the idea of interoperable DRM, this is basically an oxymoron. If you could play a file anytime on any device it wouldn't be DRM anymore. Unless Glickman and the movie industry have no idea how the technology works, it's obvious that all of this talk about interoperable DRM is just a smokescreen to obfuscate the real issue. The sad thing, for movie studios, is that they're investing so much into a concept doesn't even do that. Still, at least Glickman is acknowledging his industry is hurting itself by being so unfriendly to consumers. He's still searching in the wrong place for the answer, but a step (even if it's a very very tiny one) is a step.
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