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An expert view of unicorns and digital rights management

Kirk Biglione, principal at Oxford Media Works, was tracking the Apple tablet / iPad way before other analysts. I believe he was one of the first to dub it “the unicorn,” a phrase that beautifully captures the inflated hopes and the actual promise attached to the thing.

Beyond unicorn watching, Biglione is also a digital rights management (DRM) historian who brings a clear-eyed perspective to this inflammatory topic. While others jump on soapboxes, he actually does the homework. Case in point: Biglione’s in-depth look at the music industry’s stormy history with DRM.

Biglione took a few minutes at TOC to discuss both topics with us.

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  • bowerbird

    expert?

    historian?

    homework?

    do such words mean _nothing_ to you any more?

    seriously, the stamp of approval that o’reilly puts on the
    pulling-a-fast-one-on-you k.k. crew (kassia and kirk)
    makes that stamp a laughingstock. seriously…

    -bowerbird