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Friday, April 25, 2003

MPAA fights the analog hole
The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) is considering proposals to apply DRM technologies back towards analog devices, in order to close the analog hole (content from older media getting digitized). One such creates five settings for files, four of which block redistribution (PowerPoint file).

I was struck by the MPAA's view, bluntly expressed by Brad, that the role for analog outputs was to support "legacy" equipment. Apparently, all future innovation will have to rely on the DRM-hobbled digital outputs. This is a major change from the status quo that has given us innovations like the VCR, where analog outputs not only supported legacy devices, but were generally available to support innovative products not yet imagined.
:: posted by Bryan, 5:52 PM |

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