At the November 29 Lunch ‘n Learn, Doug Dixon (Manifest Technology) presented “Content Protection and Digital Rights management: Accessing your Media in the Digital Home.”
Imagine having a comprehensive library of music and movies. And imagine being able to listen to your holdings in your car, when you jog, or while sitting at your computer. And so, you might reasonably expect that buying digital media from Apple, Microsoft, or Sam Goody would contribute to that vision.
To be sure, as content has become digital, consumers are indeed finding it much easier to access such media, but also to copy and share it. In theory, with just a single click, customers could share perfect digital copies worldwide. Upset with rampant piracy, especially given the high value of high definition, digital content, owners are finding new and innovative ways to protect the copyright and intellectual property.
At the Lunch ‘n Learn seminar on March 15, Douglas Dixon demonstrated dozens of small portable storage devices, media players, and multi-function devices. Mr. Dixon is a technology consultant with Manifest Technology, the Editor-in-Chief of the International Recording Media Association‘s Mediaware Magazine, Technical Editor for Camcorder & Computer Video Magazine, and a frequent contributor for many information technology publications.
Many of you have used or seen flash sticks, essentially removable hard disks with built in USB ports all on a chewing gum-sized stick. As Mr. Dixon demonstrated, these devices are becoming smaller and smaller, less and less expensive, and are now beginning to come with reloaded content in their Read-only memory (ROM). Newer models have LCD displays with capacity meters, offer security including fingerprint readers, and come in different colors and styles. Imation provides flash memory on a wristband. Swissbit has even added it as a component on a Swiss Army Knife!