This past semester, I had the immense pleasure of taking a class on new media, internet, copyright, open formats, etc. from internet-crusader extraordinaire, Cory Doctorow. One of our lectures spoke specifically to various obstacles in the battle for open media formats. Thankfully, it was podcasted for posterity and is available for free on the web.
Head here and get Podcast 4 to hear the lecture in its entirety. The first half is a discussion of our class blog — to get to the meat of the matter on open formats, skip ahead to about halfway through. The discussion about Project DReaM, Sun Microsystem’s Open-Source DRM, is of particular interest.