Reports on the Commerce Department Workshop are appearing everywhere.
Grant Gross has written a good account of the workshop, and an outline fo the debate. The Register reprinted this, and CNET had an account by Declan, who put up photos too, as well as a story on Kuro5hin & Slashdot (oddly, an identical one). Most of them printed the "DRM is Theft" slogan of NT Fair Use. I'd like to quote none other than Jack Valenti in support of this idea:
The single centralizing principle on which this whole rostrum rests is this: If you cannot own, if what you own cannot be protected, you don't own anything and that goes for Clint Eastwood or the most obscure person in this industry or anybody in any industry. If what you own cannot be protected, you own nothing.
The last sentence of the fifth amendment, and I urge all of you law students to read it again, because the fifth amendment is not merely that you can't testify to incriminate yourself. The last sentence says you cannot take anybody's private property, not even the Government, without giving them just compensation for it. It is that "takings" clause that is the heart and muscle of this memorandum by Professor Tribe.
DRM takes control of your computer, and hands it over to those who would sell you music and movies. It's not just the First and Fourth amendments any more.