Are Tech Companies Selling Out To Hollywood?
from the here,-let-us-lock-up-our-users... dept
Dan Gillmor is noticing a disturbing trend of tech companies agreeing to the entertainment industry's demands to include various copy protection mechanisms in what they sell. He talks about boycotting HP until they change their mind (though, he doesn't seem to mind Apple, who also promotes copy protection technology). I'm not as worried about all of this as he is - as I still believe the market will work this all out. The more these companies agree to lock down their machines, the more incentive there is for other companies to come along and offer products that let consumers do what they want. For example, he mentions TiVo's silly lock-down mechanism on their TiVo-To-Go offering. While lots of people have been trashing their plans to lock the content down via a dongle of some sort, the story I heard from CES was that they've announced this as a way to make their investors in the entertainment industry stay calm - but knowing full well that by the time they launch it, they will probably have to ditch the protection plan. The idea was to announce the product with the lock-down system, wait until there was news of other, competing products that don't use such a scheme, and then release their own product without the lock-down, and tell people they needed to respond to what the market was telling them.