Sun President Jonathan Schwartz announced a new open-source standard for digital rights management during a speech here in Aspen, Co. last night.
In an interesting aside, Schwartz said that he believed the federal government should be involved in DRM standards. He used the example of pre-Civil War railroads in the United States, saying that a shipment from New York to Washington, D.C. might have to switch rail lines because of the lack of rail-gauge standards.
That raised some eyebrows in the audience. One attendee from a large media company told me afterwards, with just a hint of bitterness, that … Read more