Who said anything about DRM? iTunes allows me to buy DRM-free music. Wouldn’t it be great if a musician could include a little snippet of Javascript on her page–no matter where that page was hosted–that would let people buy her music, without her having to worry about getting her music into iTunes Music Store? Wouldn’t it be great if I could pay her for her music directly, without giving a chunk to Amazon?

Payment doesn’t imply DRM, except to libertarian software engineers who have been conditioned to equate the two. Software engineers ( I am one too) always claim to not be persuaded by ideological arguments. Usually this just means that they’re failing to acknowledge the unstated ideological arguments by which they’ve been persuaded.