Digital Rights Management — Isn’t Gonna Happen

If I've learned anything working with the next generation at USC it is that DRM, the concept worth going to war over for the record industry and the RIAA is doomed to eventual failure. What I mean is that yes, the record labels succeed for now and stand in the way of the true digital revolution. But, they'll never win the long term battle. Every protection can be hacked. Standing in the way of true interoperability is like Custer's Last Stand. In the end the labels will die -- no matter how noble -- fighting for the old way of doing things. Here's what's worth considering: music made for distribution without DRM protection will&hellip