Why not turn off DRM on Disney movies?

In my comments to the post I made about Steve Jobs’ screed on DRM lots of people are giving me crap for this post. Pretty usual stuff “Scoble’s an idiot.” Tell me something I don’t already know.

But Michael Markman says I should have gone after Steve about movies since Jobs owns a lot of Disney. Why not open those up instead of asking music companies to open up music? Now THAT is an interesting question. Seems that Jobs already has the ability in his hands of opening up the world. Why doesn’t he take it? Thanks Michael for adding to the conversation instead of just calling me an idiot.

UPDATE: Cory Doctorow really deserves the credit for pushing an anti-DRM stance. He even spoke to a very crowded room at Microsoft a few years back to try to get Microsoft’ies to see the light (Bill Gates whined, but didn’t do anything about the issue). Here’s his reaction to Steve Jobs’ memo. Short version: he liked it, but wants to see action now, not just memos.


German shopkeepers save me hundreds of dollars

Maryam whines that most of the shops we’ve walked past the last couple of days have been closed.


We’re escaping Germany with hundreds of Euros still in our pockets. Thank you Germany!

Seriously, had a great day yesterday in the Black Forest. Wonderful place to take a drive and have a few walks.

Favorite scene? Traffic stopped all of a sudden. For what? A guy leading a flock of sheep down the road.

I got video of it, but don’t have time to put it up this week. It gave me some ideas for a show. Maybe the “TechMeme flock” after seeing the linking behavior of bloggers lately.

Steve Jobs: world’s best linkbaiter

Wow, I was just doing my link blog and I see I’m the last guy in the world to link to Steve Jobs’ memo about DRM. Let me get this straight. He sells my family three iPods that have DRM on them, then he turns around and says “that game is over.” Yeah, I’m not cynical. He gets everyone in the blog world to say “yeeehaaww.”

Meanwhile we all forget that the iPhone isn’t open to third-party developers and that the iPod has near-monopoly-status marketshare already.

So, why is he doing this? Maybe he noticed that most iPod users don’t buy many songs from iTunes. Why? We’d rather get a CD from Amazon, rip it ourselves so it doesn’t have DRM, thus denying Steve Jobs his rightful $.99 a song.

But, like I said, I’m not a cynic. And, in case you’re already sick of Steve’s DRM memo, I only put three things onto my link blog about it with dozens of other things that aren’t on TechMeme or Digg.

Oh, and thanks Gerald Buckley for the kind words about my link blog. I love his metaphorical imagery: “In Guy Kawasaki speak… he eats like a hummingbird and poops like an elephant. If you don’t yet subscribe to Mr. Scoble’s link blog you might consider it. There are some fine gems in that poop!”

Poop, poop, poop, er, “J, J, Shift-S, J, J.”