Meet The New Boss, Same As The Old Boss: Google Building Content Locks?
from the do-just-a-little-evil dept
However, the really interesting point isn't even being covered by most of the media. The Associated Press version and the Reuters version don't even mention it, and the original Wall Street Journal version of the story buries it as the last sentence: "Google has developed its own digital-rights-management software to protect downloaded videos from piracy." Google obviously felt it needed to do so to convince the big content companies to take part -- but what it probably means is that we now have yet another incompatible copy protection system that is likely to lock people in (while also opening up new security holes). Hopefully, the actual details won't be as bad, but hearing that the company has gone out and built a totally separate copy protection system (which, of course, will be broken quickly) makes it sound like Google's taking a lesson from Apple in trying to exert extra control on a market.