We reject the view that copyright owners and their licensees are required to provide consumers with perpetual access to creative works. No other product or service providers are held to such lofty standards. No one expects computers or other electronics devices to work properly in perpetuity, and there is no reason that any particular mode of distributing copyrighted works should be required to do so.
— Steven Metalitz, Washington DC representative of the MPAA and RIAA in a letter to the US Copyright Office
What an undeniable load of crap! Plain fact is that, for the better part of century, creative works (especially music) were held to exactly this lofty standard. Moreover, no other industry forces consumers to buy a product that is crippled by design. My electronic devices aren’t engineered to self-destruct when the manufacturer instructs them to. Not so the hobbled music we purchase from online stores, where that same store must provide us with the ability to get through the DRM…until they go out of business or shutter their service.