A cost analysis of Vista content protection
Posted Dec 26, 2006 20:40 UTC (Tue) by rahvin
Parent article: A cost analysis of Vista content protection
Microsoft needs to be careful implementing this with the hardware manufacturers. If they are restricting the creation of Open source drivers there is an anti-trust violation.
Remember, Microsoft has already been proved to be a monopoly so no one has to try to prove that, all they need to prove is that Microsoft is using their monopoly to restrict the open market (and what else does DRM and safePC do other than restrict market access?). Heck Redhat could open a lawsuit and net millions (to spend on open source) simply by claiming Microsoft is trying to squeeze them out of the market completely by eliminating their ability to have manufacturer assisted open source drivers. Not to mention what the Europeans will do to them.
I've said it before, DRM is extremely dangerous to companies as it will be seen as monopoly tactics. Apple's at risk with their DRM as well. Even if the content providers want DRM now, some are starting to realize the implications as Apple is now in the position to dictate electronic music pricing. Which is exactly the position Microsoft will be in if they control the distribution method via their DRM on the Window's Monopoly. The content providers like the idea of DRM but once implemented they won't like that it creates monopolies that can then dictate the pricing back to them.
to post comments)