It’s still an immutable law of economics that high margins can only be supported by monopolies. As the monopolies erode (as they are now doing because of lowered economic barriers to entry in everything from recording and post-production to distribution), consumers have more choice, and they don’t choose restrictions without benefits.
Close to the end of the third episode of The Matrix, Agent Smith, after “defeating” Neo, suddenly realizes that “this isn’t how it ends.” to then realize that what he has actually done is defeated himself.
Okay, so there’s obviously more to the story than this, but if there are lessons to be learned by this exchange, at least one of them is this,
You don’t *HAVE* to defeat evil. Evil will defeat itself.
That’s not to say that we shouldn’t continue to fight all of that in which is evil. Without a fight, “Evil” transforms itself into the status quo, or, in other words, without a fight, what was once considered evil becomes so ingrained into society that it is no longer seen as being evil, and instead, normal.
I have to agree with Mini-Microsoft, this is one of those things that is so bad that it is actually turns a 180 and will be good for all of us in the long run.
So does this now mean the fight against DRM is over?
In episode three of eXplorations, [eXplorations, Episode #3: Digital Rights Management (DRM) and the Future Digital Economy] Kurt and I discuss this very topic.
From the lead-in to this particular podcast,
And what about DRM and censorship? Are those in whom invoke DRM control over artistic content censoring these same artists by binding them to stay within the confines of a DRM-based economy? Can the notion of a DRM-based economy survive long enough to even matter?
It seems we are all about to find out. The future looks bright, but that doesn’t mean the battle has been won.
But it does look promising.