Just when I thought the approaches taken to DRM couldn't get stupider, I find out I'm wrong. Witness the tools at Media Rights Technologies: they claim that all the big players in the media player space are violating the law by not using their product:
A California company that makes technology designed to prevent ripping of digital audio streams has accused Apple, Microsoft, RealNetworks and Adobe Systems of violating federal copyright law by "actively avoiding" use of its products.
Media Rights Technologies and its digital radio subsidiary BlueBeat.com said in a press release on Thursday that it had issued cease and desist letters to the high-tech titans. They argue that the companies have manufactured billions of copies of Windows Vista, Adobe Flash Player, Real Player and Apple's iTunes and iPod "without regard for the DMCA or the rights of American Intellectual Property owners."
Geez - about all I can come up with on that is this: there's a business strategy that Tony Soprano would appreciate.