Much of the thrust for copy protection comes from the likes of movie studios and record labels. While some artists have been very vocal in their distaste for file-sharing and support of copy protection, more and more are discovering that DRM's not the we-do-this-so-everybody-has-to-buy-their-own-copy wonderland their paymasters make it out to be. The latest to discover the downside of DRM the hard way is director Steven Spielberg, whose award hopes for his latest film have been hit by a round of DRM stupidity. His movie Munich probably won't fare too well in the nominations for the UK's BAFTA awards after its members were sent screener DVDs encoded for North America, rather than Europe, rendering their special pirate-proof DVD players useless. BAFTA members can only vote on movies they've seen, and with few live screenings in the UK thus far, Munich will likely be out of the running. A quick check of some prominent file-sharing sites shows the move readily available for download -- so who has the pointless "copy protection" of region encoding helped? It's certainly not Spielberg.
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