CBDTPA Legislation Should Be Opposed
What's wrong with CBDTPA is that it imposes a single business model on an entire industry that's barely getting started.When people argue about the prospect of mandatory digital rights management technologies, like those proposed in Sen. Ernest "Fritz" Hollings Consumer Broadband and Digital Television Promotion Act (S.2048), the dispute typically turns on the conflict between the rights of content creators and the rights of free speech. But thats not the right ground on which to take sides for or against the bill. No matter what your feelings about that clash of legitimate ideals, you should still oppose this legislation. Whats wrong with CBDTPA is that it imposes a single business model on an entire industry thats barely getting started. "Five or 10 years from now, well see a digital content marketplace bigger than anyone could say today without being laughed atbut only if we dont restrict it," said Michael Miron, CEO of ContentGuard, a leading developer of digital rights management technology, when we spoke late last month. "The notion that the private sector is at an impasse, and that government has to step in, is simply wrong."
Miron anticipates many models of content distribution, guided by industry-standard rights management languages. Toward that end, ContentGuard has contributed its Extensible Rights Markup Language, or XRML, to the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards.