Yesterday, I heard the real deal. Here at the Digital Hollywood Media Summit, the keynote panelists opened up the floodgates of Steve Jobs rippage when asked what they thought about his now-infamous DRM essay asking that anti-pirating software be abandoned:
- "I don't understand what the point was," said Daniel Scheinman, senior vice president and general manager of Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO)'s Media Solutions Group. "As a company in litigation with them, I find it wildly ironic that a technology company is taking the techno-liberation view: 'Free the stuff from iPod.' "
- "It's hysterical on many levels," said Jason Hirschhorn, president of Sling Media Inc. Entertainment. "If you are so concerned, then open up FairPlay... The whole thing is ridiculous!"
- "The statement of 'everything in my walled garden should be freed,' doesn't quite work," said Frank E. Dangeard, chairman & CEO of Thomson S.A. (NYSE: TMS; Euronext Paris: 18453).
— R. Scott Raynovich, Editor in Chief, Light Reading