Why wireless will end ‘piracy’ and doom DRM and TCPA – Jim Griffin
Interesting interview with Jim Griffin, former CEO of media company CherryLane. Lots of interesting viewpoints on music and digital media.
Don't worry about DRM and lock-down computing, says Jim Griffin. Historically they're doomed to fail. The former director of Geffen's technology group believes that wireless networks such as 3G, 4G and WiFi will provide the tipping point at which the entertainment industries come to the table to cut a deal - before political pressure forces a deal upon them.
The deal will involve one of the flat-fee models, such as 2002's Blur/Banff proposals [PDF, 473kb (http://www.nsu.newschool.edu/blur/blur02/reports/blur02_user_love.pdf)] or the model Harvard's Professor Fisher summarized here (http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/6/35260.html). Both of these envisage a pot of compensation money and a mechanism for divvying it up, permitting the free exchange of artistic goods. And with 'piracy' abolished, there's no need for DRM.