Gizmodo : Gates Interview Part Four: Communists and DRM
There are some very good quotes to look at from this interview. I think those most interesting to look at right now is.
And in the case that the authors decided it's rights managed, you can decide to stay away from it or to use it. That, again, is your choice.
We're still at a point where digital rights management can't really work. Every DRM system to date has been compromised by determined hackers. Soon though, the hardware and the software will start to come together, and things will start to get rough. I think that's when people will start to wake up and realize that DRM does not help them (the consumers) at all.
Take a song you bought off iTunes Music Store and put it on a linux machine. You bought the music right, you should be able to listen to it on another computer right? Well you can't, not without breaking the DRM.
That's part of the goal of the system. To provide an alternative to DRM. An alternative that artists will need to evaluate when looking at ways to distribute their music in the internet age.