Mozilla Europe CEO Tristan Nitot:
“I don’t think DRM has a future. Treating your customers like thieves is bad business practice. Today the customer is not ‘king’, they are considered thief first….It is stupid to think that the key to a DRM system won’t leak. So if it becomes more painful for a legitimate customer to use a product than it is for the pirates then that’s a problem.”
I love the pure simplicity of the concept expressed here. It’s the 30,000-foot view of all the noise about copyright, and it expresses the hopeless foolishness of all the legal maneuvering we’re reading about these days.
I’m listening to Jonny Lang on Imbi’s iPod (in the SoundDock) right now. Purchased the album from iTunes. It ticks me off that I can’t easily put these songs on my Sony Ericsson Walkman phone.
And the industry considers me a criminal when I get around the DRM to do it. What a great way to treat paying customers.
UPDATE: Please read Sonja’s take on this @ Calacirian.
[DRM: Digital Rights Management]