Silicon Valley - The Geeks Are Back In Charge?
DRM technology was conceived long before mass trading of audio on the internet was even thought of, let alone practiced by millions. One of the markets ITRU was angling for before that was the medical industry - being able to put medical records in an encrypted format, to 1) ease reliable transfer of patient information between medical providers, and 2) securing your medical records against unauthorized access.
So, what about DRM being used for consumer audio? I don't want any DRM on music I purchase, and I was disappointed to see ITRU move in that direction. The music's mine, and if I want to make .mp3s or .oggs out of it, I should be able to. On the other hand, I don't download music off the internet myself. If I like a CD, I'll buy it, but that's me.
Does that mean DRM is or isn't a 'real technology'? There are other markets where DRM technology is desirable and useful, but like most of you, I don't think many of them involve consumers.
Finally, Intertrust is now mostly just a patent portfolio, as far as I've been able to tell, although I'm always surprised when I see their technology included in recent software releases of consumer software. I've heard they've been doing well in their lawsuit against Microsoft. Kudos to them. I enjoyed working with them at the beginning of my tour there (when they had 100 employees, not 300), there were some truly brilliant people there.