An interesting podcast with Ashley Highfield, Director Future Media & Technology.
We’re not doing enough [about open source] and it is something I want to turn up the heat on
Well, that’s a good start, but he then goes on to say
The problem at the moment, there is no open source DRM. It’s almost a contradiction in terms, if you have DRM how can you have it open source? Because open source people will be able to find out how it works and get round it.
Oh, dear. Because, of course, no-one will work out how the Microsoft DRM works, just like they haven’t worked out all the other DRMs out there. Not.
In any case, this entirely misses the point: there is no DRM on the broadcast signal, nor was there on old-fashioned video tapes. Why are downloads different? Why is it not sufficient to rely on the law, as has always happened in the past? Why not assume that your users are mostly honest rather than treat them like criminals?
Clearly there’s a vast amount of money to be made by selling “DRM” solutions to gullible old media companies. It is sad that the BBC, who don’t even have to protect their profits, do not have the collective brains to see through this scam.
Perhaps there is light at the end of the tunnel?
Where do we go from here? … The solution then is to say either we look at a future beyond DRM or we’re going to find it very hard to put our content onto open source solutions.
But he is just teasing – they don’t actually look at this future, so I guess their choice is to not put their content onto open source solutions!
On eating your bandwidth
We do make people aware of it
so that’s alright then. He goes on to say
We’ve also got to … work better with the ISPs to ensure that they don’t throttle … iPlayer type content
I think he needs to add Parliament to his list of people to work better with, after the recent lunacy from Lord Triesman
They go on to try to justify the use of DRM in terms of maintaining contact with their audience and their responsibility for the quality of the broadcasts – others could, it seems, put out crappy versions of their free stuff. But hold on, why would anyone download the crappy version when you could have the good version for free from the BBC? Not explained, I suppose it must be obvious.
But it’ll all be alright in the future broadcasting panopticon, when omniscient and omnipotent Auntie can rule, godlike, over all use of “their” content.
Once we get to that stage, where the content, wherever it goes, can have all the rules associated with how it should behave, and once its able to tell us who’s viewing it, where they’re viewing it … then it doesn’t really matter where the content goes
Oh goody! So if I lie back and allow total privacy rape, then kind, generous Auntie will consider relaxing DRM.