As a computer scientist I don't "respect" DRM in the sense that it is mostly people trying to sell snake oil to the media-industry through undocumented incompatibilties and proprietary data formats and protocols even though there can be no real security offered by it.
The only technology I can respect from a professional standpoint is stuff like the trusted computing group is doing. This actually has a purpose and a decent chance of solving the problem it tries to solve. Whether it's going to solve the piracy-problem is another story though.
However... when evaluating TCG, you must remember the problems it brings with it. As proposed it does transfer important control of the computer from the owner to the producer with all the security, privacy and competition problems that will give.
EFF has an excellent discussion:
http://www.eff.org/Infrastructure/trust ... 001_tc.php
Also read this quote.
Bruce Schneier wrote:
The basic idea is that you build a computer from the ground up securely, with a core hardware "root of trust" called a Trusted Platform Module (TPM). Applications can run securely on the computer, can communicate with other applications and their owners securely, and can be sure that no untrusted applications have access to their data or code.
http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2 ... mputi.html
This sounds great, but it's a double-edged sword. The same system that prevents worms and viruses from running on your computer might also stop you from using any legitimate software that your hardware or operating system vendor simply doesn't like. The same system that protects spyware from accessing your data files might also stop you from copying audio and video files. The same system that ensures that all the patches you download are legitimate might also prevent you from, well, doing pretty much anything.
As a consumer, I don't want DRM.
The reason being that DRM consistently steps on fair use. I do not engage in piracy and I don't like as a paying consumer to get the products I buy crippled. When I buy music and listen to it privately, I do not want to be dictated that I can't convert it to Ogg-files and hear it while I go jogging.
Now, ... With the sparse information avaiable about Suns DReaM project, I can understand that it has two parts. One which is about access, just using a REL to govern the access. This is not a problem... such systems have existed for long and does not interfere with fair use. (Think sattelite decoderes). The other part (MMI) seems to rely on some kind of "trusted" computing of which not much is said. I look forward to see how it handles the problems EFF points out and how it interfaces with Open Source development, which could get severely stiffled, if the platform can not support the fast pace incremental development model.
Regarding iTunes. How do you expect to be able to buy iTunes music from a Pegasos system?