Nokia Exec To Developers: Embrace DRM & Digital Locks Because I Say So
from the very-convincing dept
In recent years, we’ve seen the entertainment industry suddenly embrace mobile as a platform, incorrectly believing that its more locked-down nature would mean that it wouldn’t face the same “threats” (which they should see as opportunities) of file sharing and open networks and services. However, as is always the way, more open systems are catching on and getting more usage, and more closed systems are having trouble getting traction. Rather than embracing that, however, it appears Nokia is pushing to hold back the tide.
Ben S writes in to highlight a rather unconvincing talk given by a Nokia VP trying to explain to open source developers why they need to embrace DRM, intellectual property, digital locks and subsidies in the mobile world. However, his reasoning basically amounts to “because I say so.”
“Why do we need closed vehicles? We do. Some of these things harm the industry but they’re here [as things stand].”
In other words, there’s no actual reason to use these things, other than that Nokia says you must — even though it knows such things harm the industry. Way to show leadership in the mobile industry. No wonder it seems like most innovation in the mobile space is coming from folks other than Nokia.