It's just a battle. Sony has absolutely zero chance of coming out ahead with their weapons-grade SCO-class screwup. It's entertaining to watch the howling indignant mobs but still a sideshow. (Not that a corporation with annual sales exceeding Bill Gates' net worth is a small sideshow)
What this will mean is an immediate call by Microsoft that "see, there should be a single authorized DRM machine as part of the operating system, and we have just the thing for that". $50 on the executives of Microsoft working through this weekend planning how to exploit this. A tollgate in every computer for every program, data file, and internet session. The Sony case demonstrates how insane the minefield of DRM machines is and will drive changes. In which case the infallible Rule #1 should be remembered.
It can always get worse.
h++p://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/oct2005/tc2005106_9074_tc024.htm "...Gates argued that Sony's new high-definition DVD standard, called Blu-ray, needed to be changed so it would work smoothly with personal computers running on Microsoft's Windows operating system. Stringer and two lieutenants defended the technology, insisting Blu-ray would work fine in PCs. Yet Gates's ire only grew. "There must be something much deeper going on," Stringer said later, according to another person who heard the comment. "
I would agree it's getting deep and time to put the boots on. (Tony Lama, Nocona, any Justin brand if you please)
<< What this will mean is an immediate call by Microsoft that "see, there should be a single authorized DRM machine as part of the operating system, and we have just the thing for that". $50 on the executives of Microsoft working through this weekend planning how to exploit this. >>
You stopped your line of thought too soon.
The best thing that could happen is precisely this: Microsoft putting in their own DRM into Windows, and mandate it as the sole and only DRM for Windows software.
What this means is that there will be exactly _ONE_ DRM scheme to crack on Windows. Once that's done, you're home free. All Windows software is now unprotected.
Go, Billy, go!!! Put your DRM crap into Windoze, ASAP!