Tuesday, January 09, 2007

CES: DRM matters more than you think

I know I've banged on about Digital Rights Management in this blog, but it's a vital issue for semiconductor and electronic equipment makers in the consumer market and that means it will make its way into other sectors including automotive and industrial.
So a dozen technology have grouped together to fight a draft international treaty that could grant broadcasters the right to charge royalties on any content they carry, as EETimes reports.
These include AT&T, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Intel and Verizon who are asking the World Intellectual Property Organization to make the treaty, due to be signed later this year, cover only the theft of the copyright material, rather than extending it to all the material broadcast. This is like all the content companies opening their wallets and pouring the money into the pockets of Rupert Murdoch, Silvio Berlusconi and Barry Diller. I think not!

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