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Let's be honest, copyright law is a mess, especially when it comes to digital media. Want to convert your legally purchased flick to a mobile format? Chances are that by doing so, you'll run afoul of the DMCA, and that's just whack. In an ideal world, movie studios would jump on board dismantling the DMCA, but that's not going to happen. However, most of them are willing to look at another solution.
The Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE), which is made up of several movie studios and tech companies, today announced "it has reached key milestones towards establishing the first open market for digital content distribution." That has the potential to be big news, considering an additional 21 companies have joined the group, which now stands at 48 members strong.
One of the milestones DECE reached is a Digital Rights Locker, which would allow consumers to access their digital entertainment on any device that supports the DECE standard. That includes TVs, media players, smartphones, and everything else, though iPhone and iPod touch owners would be excluded (Apple is one of the few companies not on board with this).
Check DECE's full press release here (PDF), then tell us what you think of this approach in the comments section below.