An FT.com poll asking whether music companies should drop digital rights management has received a lot of attention this week, and it would appear that the verdict is in. An overwhelming 98 per cent of more than 5,800 respondents said music companies should drop the software restrictions that prevent users from copying or sharing their digital files.
But is anyone listening? DRM is at the heart of two new online video services that have also been making news lately. Beta testers are already running Joost, the video service designed by the team that founded Skype. Meanwhile, BitTorrent, the company formed around the eponymous download protocol, is preparing to launch an online video store on Monday. For both companies, sophisticated copy-protection has been a selling point in their efforts to bring big studios on board. Read more