Apple Stands Firm Against Entertainment Cartel

from the good-for-them dept

The latest column from Dan Gillmor praises Apple for not giving in to Hollywood’s demands to trounce consumers’ rights and focus on ways to implement digital rights management. Gillmor is hoping that they continue to take that stand. He points out that Intel and AMD are “working with” Hollywood to figure out ways to implement DRM solutions that are likely to hinder consumers’ rights. I agree that it’s good that Apple is doing what they’re doing, but it would be even nicer if they actively stood up to Hollywood and told them they’re making a mistake.

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LittleW0lf says:

Re: but for how long...

I can’t imagine such resistance will be popular with Apple’s partners especially Sony. At least they’re making some sort of stand.

Why? Sony Corporation of America makes portable MP3 players, adds MP3 to their DVD readers and CD readers, and also allows MP3 files to be played of CDs in their consumer entertainment devices…

Sony Entertainment might have a problem, but it appears that the rest of the company doesn’t care. (Though it does seem that the company is suffering a rift within itself on this issue.)

msykes says:

Re: Re: Re: but for how long...

I’d love to see Sony sue itself! That would show how stupid this whole thing is. But I’m confused, how is Sony Apple’s partner? I mean some of the products (ie DV Cameras and Firewire) do complement each other, but that hardly qualifies as a partnership does it? Maybe I’m losing my mind.


Steve Snyder says:

Should be intersting

Apple’s popularity in the artist community–especially audio & video puts them in a very amusing position. In addition to the rift between technology companies and the entertainment industry (DRM and all that), it would seem at some point, a clash seems inevitable between the actual creators and the compnaies that own & sell their work. The artists tend to like Apple because it empowers them to spend their time being creative rather than learning technology. Meanwhile the same features allow for easy piracy and the whole rip, mix, burn thing.

It’s going to be interesting to see how this all works out.

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