Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal has spoken out on DRM and its effect on the listener’s ability to use and enjoy the music he or she has supposedly purchased. Almost everything in The Wall Street Journal bores me to tears, but Walt’s technology columns are always well written and interesting.
He takes on objective, even-handed view of the issue, recognizing that both sides have legitimate issues. He concludes with this excellent suggestion:
I believe Congress should rewrite the copyright laws to carve out a broad exemption for personal, noncommercial use by consumers, including sharing small numbers of copies among families.
Because of Walt’s reputation and reach, perhaps the priority challenged RIAA will actually listen and reward its customers with some logical and fair proposals. If not, perhaps Congress will.
digital music, drm