Don Marti

Sun 17 Apr 2005 08:33:51 PM PDT

Loaded language on DRM

DRM systems don't "protect" anything. They damage the customer experience for legit users by taking away functionality, and doom the content they touch to oblivion when the Dead Media Effect kicks in.

Calling DRM restrictions "protection" in a news story is biased toward the DRM vendor. Better to use a neutral term such as "restriction", and where possible include what exactly the DRM system tries to prevent users from doing. How about something like

"Norwegian programmer Jon Lech Johansen has decrypted and published the key that Apple uses to restrict which applications can stream to its wireless hi-fi bridge, Airport Express."