Reading Ed Parson's post about GeoDRM this morning, I imagine him holding a Sony-esque geo-rootkit CD and pondering the implications of its distribution. He writes:
This raises a more fundamental question in my mind, are such protective technologies really worth the effort, sure they reduce the perceived risk of data leakage in the mind of the data owner, but as DVD Jon has proved such systems can nearly always be broken. We don't currently protect data in this way, and I would suggest continuing not to and relying on other legal means may be the best route forward.
The other fundamental question to ask is whether data providers can risk turning away innovators that don't appreciate being treated like criminals.