This MPAA guy said exactly what I expected him to say... a whole lot of nothing. Of course he's essentially a politician of sorts and his purpose is to provide PR spin for the MPAA's interests, not to be honest.
He claimed that the MPAA would not be opposed to allowing people to transfer technology... but every single action they have taken up to this point says otherwise. Notice that he made no commitements and offered no concrete examples of this wonderous "new technology" that is going to let all of our legally purchased media work on our various devices while maintaining strict drm controls for the studios. Makes for a nice talking point though.
I don't know much about the MPAA, but for arguments sake, lets suppose that thay are the equivalent to the RIAA.
In the past the RIAA are the ones who came up with the standards and technology so recorded media could be played on devices made by any company (e.g. the RIAA equalization curve for phonogragh playback.)
It would be nice to believe that the RIAA and MPAA are actively researching DRM technology that would prevent mass dissemination of content, but allowed for fair, cross-platform use without having to break the DRM.
But what evidence is there that they are doing this? They leave it up to apple or microsoft, both of which have an incentive to make the DRM proprietary.
If this dude is to be believed shouldn't the content providers and the MPAA be working with, say, professors at MIT or something to create this magical DRM that will let you play your bought copy of the movie Cars on a Windows computer, a Mac, an iPod, a Zune, a television, etc, while not allowing you to facilitate the pirating of the content?
Am I really to believe that the movie studios are in stalls with apple because they are saying to Steve, "no that DRM won't allow for enough fair use, and it won't allow for it to play on other handheld devices besides the ipod." No, they are saying "being alowed to register 5 computers is too many, and synching to unlimited ipods is unnacaptable, and kids trading ipods in school to watch their friends movies at home is unnacaptable.
Given that we're not going to have open standards, what is the outcom going to be with Apple? Less computers, and registration of ipods with those computers? Oh and a handcuff so you can't lend your ipod?
Next time maybe ask him about Zuniversal wanting a cut of hardware profits instead of spending money to research more fair, balanced, and effective DRM that is as rational as this talk was.
Anyway good show guys and gals.