GeoDRM proponents have argued the necessity of geospatial digital rights management partly by analogy to the entertainment industry. So, it seems that Apple, Microsoft, and their digital music partners pulling out of DRM also pulls the rug out from under GeoDRM. Geodata users don't want digital rights management any more than do users of digital music. Does this mean the end for GeoDRM? Maybe yes, and maybe no (Mark Shuttleworth):
There are some ideas that are broken, but attractive enough to some people that they are doomed to be tried again and again.
On the other hand, work on rights expression is useful to all of us, and even more so in the light of recent revelations that Creative Commons doesn't want to get into the geodata business.