The Register (UK) reports that Lawrence Lessig of Creative Commons fame has endorsed DRM, or at least Sun's open source DRM efforts, the Open Media Commons. The endorsement is in a press release announcing release of code and specifications for OMC DRM. The release quotes Lessig:
Lawrence Lessig, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Creative Commons and Professor of Law at Stanford Law School: "In a world where DRM has become ubiquitous, we need to ensure that the ecology for creativity is bolstered, not stifled, by technology. We applaud Sun's efforts to rally the community around the development of open-source, royalty-free DRM standards that support "fair use" and that don't block the development of Creative Commons ideals."
However, Lessig strongly qualifies this assertion here.