If you’re in the UK, hold the BBC to account. Why is it shipping the IMP, a DRM crippled player? Is there a point in the future where the BBC imagines that bits are going to get harder to copy? And that the IMP will solve its problem? Really, what the BBC is saying is that there’s two ways you can get its content after it airs on the TV; one is that you can get it through the IMP and have a crippled experience, the other is that you can be a criminal. If you want to get BBC content in a way that you want to use it, in a way that the law says you can use it, you have to be a criminal first. As a UK license payer, you’ve already paid for this content
Well, exactly. I have paid for this already. The BBC licence fee isn’t
I don’t suppose that the Government, when it extended the BBC’s licence guarantee by another 10 years, presumed to guess the state of the MSM in a decade’s time. Only last week I heard a suggestion in a podcast of a talk given in San Francisco by someone who used to be senior in British Telecom that podcasting and video casting will be hugely disruptive of conventional revenue models – as the Internet and blogging is already being for newspapers and magazines.
The BBC’s already tearing itself apart; making podcasts of radio available but only for seven days, extending its subsidised website activities well beyond its remit to the point where it damages commercial activity, inviting Lessig to help it with its licences but using a DRM disabled content replayer. I can’t see it lasting. It’s already dead, I feel, just unburied presently.