Sony executive doesn't understand what he is promoting...

The following comment was added to an article by Candace Lombardi, Staff Writer, CNET News.com.

Like Hillary Rosen, this executive vice president of the digital policy group at Sony Pictures Entertainment is unaware of the technical details of the technology that he is promoting.

Mitch Singer said, "The problem with DRM now is that we have no interoperability."

The way DRM works is by encoding digital content so that it is only interoperable with "authorized" access devices. These "authorized" devices are devices where the manufacturer, not the owner, is in control of the device. I consider the legalization of allowing manufacturers to put technical measures on devices that consider the *OWNER* to be the attacker of the device to be state-sponsored theft.

Not being interoperable isn't a side-effect of DRM, it is the entire point. Contrary to the myths promoted by specific DRM vendors, there is and can never be interoperable DRM. While it is possible to make all the software based on Open Standards, and even implement it in Open Source if you want (What Sun Microsystems proposes), at the end of the day you will have cryptographic keys which lock content to authorized devices, and thus this scheme will by design not be interoperable with "unauthorized devices".

Note: If you are a Canadian and believe like most people that it should be the owner, and not the manufacturer, that decides what software can be install on hardware, then you should sign the Petition to protect Information Technology property rights http://www.digital-copyright.ca/petition/ict/