It’s like this: If you send data to someone over the Net, you can’t control what they do with it. At least cost-effectively. Or, if you want a good outcome.
This applies to Internet Standards. Any standard that tries to constrain the way in which data, once received, is processed, is broken.
Similarly, to business. Any use of legislation or technology that tries to control what people can do with digital media objects, once they’ve been transmitted, is broken. Also any business model that relies on such control.
For supporting arguments, check the last five years of this blog. I offer as further supporting evidence the fact that the Internet works and that it’s a good place to learn, have fun, and make money.
This is true irrespective of value judgments. If it were a bad thing, we’d just have to live with it. Fortunately, this is a very good thing.