After I had viewed the comments at Neowin's news entry regarding digital rights management (DRM) support in Mozilla's Firefox, I decided to create this topic. I am wondering how many of you Neowinians have an opinion about DRM? Do you condone its use, despise it completely, or fall somewhere in between? For many, the abbreviation alone is enough to prevent a person(s) from buying or using a product with the technology or cause intense backlash (think of Microsoft's Next-Generation Secure Computing Base architecture, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and more recently, the Xbox One). Corporations would be at a competive disadvantage if they did not offer services designed to play protected content.
DRM does have a legitimate purpose. It implements and enforces policies related to the use of information. Content creators and service providers use DRM to decrease software piracy. Where is the incentive for content providers to create if they receive nothing in return? How can they continue to create without the funds required to do so? DRM can also be used by businesses and consumers to protect sensitive data, including financial and medical records.
I believe that DRM is a perfectly acceptable security model and much of the hostility towards the technology is misplaced. My belief is largely due to the documentation that I have read regarding Microsoft's Next-Generation Secure Computing Base (NGSCB) architecture. Its designers believed that the problems related to copyright protection were the same problems related to privacy protection.