Neil McAllister's InfoWorld article, In Praise of Digital Rights Management, strikes the right balance. Putting DRM in the hands of very one is, in my view, a most important goal. Snippets:
Leaving aside the digital-music issue, every business, and indeed every consumer, has information they want protected. Trade secrets are the obvious example. But closer to home, think of your employee records, your personal health care history, or the estimated 40 million credit card numbers that were exposed in the CardSystems Solutions security breach in June....
Meanwhile, a few very powerful corporations are narrowly fixated on controlling DRM to corner the market for access controls on digital media. That's probably bad for consumers, but more importantly, it's bad for DRM.
This is an ideal opportunity for the open source community to step in. If we could only put aside our righteous indignation, we could start working toward a DRM technology that will benefit all of us. We've been so caught up in thinking of DRM as a tool for evil that we haven't begun to consider all the ways it could be used for good, in the right hands. Our hands, for example.