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Kaleidescape - Give It a Better Image

DRM is sometimes called an enabling technology, in that it is supposed to enable new business models

Douglas Crockford's Blog

DRM is sometimes called an enabling technology, in that it is supposed to enable new business models. But it is really a disabling technology. As DRM fails, there have been suggestions that the name be changed to something that includes the word enabling; give it a better image; something more right than rights.

DRM isn't just a disabling technology, it is also a disabling contractual framework. To sell a DVD device, you must make a deal with the DVD Copy Control Association in order to use the CSS copy protection system that was broken nine years ago.

Kaleidescape is a startup that makes a media server. It is like an MP3 player for movies. You transfer your DVDs onto it. You can even transfer rentals. Kaleidescape encrypts the content, so the system cannot be used to making multiple copies.  (Continued . . .)

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Douglas Crockford, an architect at Yahoo!, is an AJAXWorld regular. A technologist of parts, he has developed office automation systems, done research in games and music at Atari, and been both Director of Technology at Lucasfilm and Director of New Media at Paramount. He was the founder and CEO of Electric Communities/Communities.com and the founder and CTO of State Software, where he discovered JSON. He is interested in Blissymbolics, a graphical, symbolic language, and is developing a secure programming language.

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AJAX News 05/21/07 05:16:28 PM EDT

DRM is sometimes called an enabling technology, in that it is supposed to enable new business models. But it is really a disabling technology. As DRM fails, there have been suggestions that the name be changed to something that includes the word enabling; give it a better image; something more right than rights.