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September 20, 2005
Felten on How MovieLabs Will Fail
Edward Felten, responding to the news that Hollywood is funding its own lab to cook up a new form of DRM that will finally, finally keep its content safe from infringement on the Internet:
When MovieLabs fails, expect the spinners to emerge again, telling us that MovieLabs has a great technology that it cant tell us about, or that theres a great technology that isnt quite finished, or that the goal all along was not to stop P2P copying but only to reduce some narrow, insignificant form of copying. Expect, most of all, that MovieLabs will go to almost any length to avoid independent evaluation of its technologies.
This is a chance for Hollywood to learn what the rest of us already know -- that cheap and easy copying is an unavoidable side-effect of the digital revolution.
Mike over @ Techdirt: "The industry would be much better off taking that $30 million and spending it on creative new ways to embrace what people are doing with their content."
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