Writing on ZDNet, John Carroll defends the interests of content creators. My views are a bit different. I strongly believe that DRM tools should be available to everyone, not just big companies. Nonetheless, this is some of what Carroll had to say:
We're standing on the threshold of a new era. The doors of creativity will be thrown open and anyone can make their own music/movies/books/etc. in the comfort of their home and sell it in a global marketplace to anyone in the world. Standing in the way are a bunch of people who can't see past the BIG MEDIA COMPANIES who currently control media distribution and insist, on the basis of novel interpretations of "fair use" principles, that content companies not be allowed to use the DRM that would make that digital future happen.
I want a world where people can make money from distributing a "mere" 5,000 records a year. Today, that means defending the rights of "big media companies" to protect their content however they choose to protect it. I do that because in defending the big media companies, I'm defending the guy in his basement music studio who will make the "niche" music I'll listen to - and collect - in the future.