Kara Swisher

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Questions for Steve and Bill: Ron Conway, Investor

While Walt and I will come up with our own questions for Microsoft’s Bill Gates and Apple’s Steve Jobs, who will be appearing in an historic joint interview at our D conference in one week, I was curious what others–some tech folks and some not in the industry–would ask the tech legends if they could in this post.

Here’s the first question from Silicon Valley venture capitalist Ron Conway, prominent angel investor (he actually founded Angel Investors and backs a plethora of Web start-ups). He was curious about that old chestnut, Digital Rights Management, and its demise.


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We need to ask how do we regulate the Internet? You can’t have a market without property rights. The idea that you’ll have no enforcement should be greeted with laughter. I’m not seeing any alternative come out.

— Robert Levine, author of “Free Ride: How Digital Parasites are Destroying the Culture Business, and How the Culture Business Can Fight Back,” in conversation with Katy Bachman of Adweek