Response to “DRM: Desirable, inevitable, and almost irrelevant article”

22 07 2008

This is in response to Brian’s post.

Brian identifies Odlyzko’s statement that creators should “maximize the value of intellectual property.” I think the direction for attaining this maximum is guided by the interpretation of “value.” Is it money? If so, perhaps today’s DRM model is suitable. Is it accessibility? If so, today’s DRM model is disruptive.

Levels of protection for intellectual content hinge on what creators think are valuable. Because their interpretations are relative, they cannot be universal. I believe this is why DRM today is so controversial. Odlyzko’s are valid, but seem narrow in scope to considering he assumes maximum value should be accessibility, which may not be the case for all creators of digital intellectual properties.

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