The word inspires fear in the hearts of many who favor to get tunes from the many FTP download sites that have killed off the word, rendering it useless for quite sometime. The coming of new media helped little to promote the move to control the flow of music from the masses to the masses and even artists themselves who staunchly embraced the provisions of the laws and regulations turning toward the other direction embracing free media to some extent.
According to Wikipedia:
The use of digital rights management is controversial. Advocates argue it is necessary for copyright holders to prevent unauthorized duplication of their work to maintain artistic integrity and to ensure continued revenue streams. Some opponents, such as the Free Software Foundation, maintain that the use of the word “rights” is misleading and suggest that people instead use the term Digital Restrictions Management. Their position is essentially that copyright holders are attempting to restrict use of copyrighted material in ways not covered by existing laws.The Electronic Frontier Foundation, and other opponents, also consider DRM systems to be anti-competitive practices.
Most artists have already shifted to utilizing the benefits of new media and how fast their music gets out onto the net and into the hands of the people themselves who seem to have been totally iPodized, using the small gadgets and gizmos, playing tunes where ever they may be. The move is totally dead, and with blow after losing blow to the RIAA and their puny lawsuits that did get some of the culprits behind illegal file/song sharing over the internet, but even that cannot stop the thousands or so sites that still operate as such. It seems the term is utterly useless, like the bad after-taste you get after brushing your teeth and trying to gulp down some soda. Many haven’t even heard of the word as it played out in courtrooms all over the globe, it just seems too great a force to stop the free music