Chris Lanier has a worthwhile posting on DRM and Microsoft. Snippet:
What happens if the consumer fights Microsoft and the content owners? This is a broken argument, and it doesn’t stand up in my mind. Microsoft can’t just play the “Screw You!” card to the content owners and expect it to work. Remember that this is all about business on both sides. Content owners want to feel that their content is protected in hopes that they will make more money since it’s not being pirated. Microsoft wants to sell you an Operating System for your PC, along with other programs and hardware in some cases. Both sides feel they have too much to lose. Content owners have sales of their digital content, and Microsoft has PC market share hanging in the balance. Everyone has a business to run! If Microsoft just says “Screw You” and enables playback of the content somehow bypassing the protection, the content owners are going to go after Microsoft? They are a $40 billion corporation, smart businesses know this and will exploit it. I would sure as hell be looking for a piece of that $40 billion pie for an exaggerated amount of lost revenue for Microsoft not respecting their views.