Michael Geist, Canadian lawyer and columnist has been writing the:

30 Days of DRM

He started this journey nine days ago with this introduction:

Many people are still in summer mode, but the Canadian copyright rumour mill suggests that there is a lot happening behind the scenes with a copyright bill quite possibly a top priority once the fall session begins in 31 days. While there was much to criticize about Bill C-60 (the last attempt at copyright reform), given the continuing pressure from the copyright lobby and the U.S. government, I fear that the Conservatives’ bill may be far more extreme in its approach.

Despite the negative experiences with the U.S. DMCA as well as the recent calls against anti-circumvention legislation from musicians, artists, security companies, librarians, and the privacy community, within the next couple of months Canada may be facing its own DMCA. I remain strongly against such an approach. We do not need anti-circumvention legislation. If the copyright lobby wins out, however, the Bill C-60 approach was clearly preferable to the U.S. DMCA which bans devices that can be used circumvent technological protection measures and establishes only a small list of exceptions to a general rule of no circumvention. If the Bill C-60 approach is rejected by the current government, the debate must inevitably turn to the dozens of exceptions that will be needed to avoid “unintended consequences” and to provide a plausible argument that the bill passes constitutional muster.

More in the article.

From there, he continued to post one a day:

Day One: Linking Copyright and Anti-Circumvention (Markets)
Day 02: Region Coding (Markets)
Day 03: Oversight of DRM Misuse (Markets)
Day 04: DRM Misuse Sanctions (Markets)
Day 05: DRM Labelling and Consumer Awareness (Public Protection)
Day 06: Interoperability (Public Protection and Markets)
Day 07: DRM-Free Library Deposits (Public Protection)
Day 08: Privacy (Circumvention Rights)
Day 09: Reverse Engineering (Circumvention Rights)

Day 09 being today.

I can’t wait to see the rest of the 30 Days of DRM. 😉

Michael Geist also started a 30 Days of DRM Wiki where folks can contribute to the discussion.

In addition, Wired.com reports in it’s article entitled “No Suit Required“:

Terry McBride has a maverick approach to music management: Take care of the fans and the bands, and the business will take care of itself.

Terry McBride has an idea. Another idea. A good – no, a great idea. McBride, CEO of Nettwerk Music Group, is sitting in his Vancouver, British Columbia, office with his local marketing staff discussing strategy for the release of a new album by Barenaked Ladies. The marketing departments in three other cities are conferenced in. The conversation ping-pongs from Nascar promotions to placement in a Sims videogame. McBride is on a roll.


Much more in the article.

Just some food for thought as Canada refuses to see the failure in the system here in the US and they may well be thinking that two wrongs will make a right? Yeah, like that’s gonna happen.

Comments on: "30 Days of DRM – Michael Geist" (4)

  1. Well, I know that our Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, used to be a computer programmer (see http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Politics/CanadaVotes/harperbio.html), so, just maybe, the Canadian public will have a fighting chance as he should hopefully be able to see the media industry trying to pull the wool over his eyes!

  2. That’s very encouraging news epp_b! Maybe there is a fighting chance after all.

  3. erictravis said:

    What an excellent idea. Give the artists control over their music, and let them share the gamble. Consolidate the business aspects to remove countless middlemen and red tape. Let’s hope it works…

  4. In 30 Days of DRM – Day 06: Interoperability (Public Protection and Markets), Michael Geist talks about “The interoperability problems associated with DRM have emerged over the past year as a focal point for debate with legislators and regulators in Europe beginning to intervene to address the issue. ”

    He even links to an article where even Yahoo voices its frustration with DRM:


    Yahoo Music chief Dave Goldberg raised eyebrows Thursday at the Music 2.0 conference in Los Angeles with a proposal rarely heard from executives at large digital music services: Record labels should try selling music online without copy protection. …


    Dave Goldberg even specifically mentions eMusic …which I love by the way. For the first time since Napster was taken down, I am thrilled to actually be buying music and spoken word that I want from eMusic’s selection, and they have a great selection. Maybe not some of the top RIAA backed stuff, but I don’t want that anyway…especially with copy protection in force. I get the music, soundtracks, spoken word in MP3 format that I can play on any of our computers, devices, burn to CD easily etc., on the road or at home.

    I wish they would all go to open formats … it looks like the artists themselves are putting their works up there. And some artiststs you would be surprised and pleased to see there! I was!

    I can’t say enough good about eMusic’s philosophy and offerings. I can listen to samples without any stupid download of a specialized locked in player (the samples are in m3u format and play nicely in Winamp, XMMS, etc. They have a downloader that apparently speeds things up but I don’t have to use nor do I even want to use their downloader. eMusic is very flexible.

    The only things you have to make sure of is to read the Privacy Info and ToS like anywhere else. You can opt out of mailings of their ‘partners’ by sending them an email at a certain address. And you don’t need their downloader which many security researchers and antispyware programs tag as potentially unwanted software, adware etc.

    To turn off the downloader, which is on by default, just go to your account and choose downloader and disable it. Done. Now you get true mp3s not the downloaders weird extension files.

    Thanks eMusic for being a REAL leader in the industry. I hope other artists will see the benefit of making use of eMusic and their great offerings so we can get even more variety in our MP3 downloads.

    Now if we could get Firesign Theatre to market their CDs on eMusic…. 😉

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