Closed Architectures for Content Distribution, By Andreas Bovens
The strict built-in controls meant to enforce copyright in Japanese mobile devices could stifle the creative ways people enjoy, use and reuse digital content.
Moreover, adding DRM to the materials they distribute places the content providers in a very powerful position: They enable themselves to control the architecture and development of the downstream devices that process their digital content. Control of such an extent has or will have a stifling effect on innovation in Japan both on the content production level as well as on the content carrier/editor development level -- a very unpromising outlook indeed. In this respect, I question whether the Japanese content industry's current DRM tactics are the way to go -- possibly rethinking and adjusting business models may ultimately prove to be a more viable solution.