There is a great article on Blackfriars’ Marketing on this topic.
It’s been known for a long time that Windows Vista has DRM built-in that could shutdown your media if it felt something wasn’t “right”. Now that someone has bumped up against this wall, it’s almost frightening to see it in action.
The money quote from Blackfriars’:
Technology vendors need to remember a simple rule: the people who pay them for their products are their customers, not hardware OEMs, Hollywood studios, or music labels. Tech vendors who ignore that rule — no matter how big they are — risk the future of their business. It’s that simple.
I wouldn’t hold my breath for Microsoft learning that lesson anytime soon.