Discussing All Things DRM, Except The Point
from the but-wait... dept
There’s a conference this week about DRM copy protection technology that seems to be entirely focused on why DRM is good without taking any time to look at the other side of DRM technology. While the conference claims they will look at the “economics of DRM,” they quickly point out that that’s only “who will pay for it,” and not how will DRM impact the economics of information. Reading the article linked here suggests that folks in the DRM industry have a complete blindspot for the idea that DRM may actually cause more trouble than it solves by giving less to consumers. The conference chair person even is quoted suggesting how awful a world it is when DRM isn’t used because your content is free. Of course, as we’ve pointed out plenty of times before, sometimes free is good – as it opens up plenty of other opportunities. There are some areas where DRM technology may make sense, but before everyone assumes that DRM is great, shouldn’t there be more of an investigation into how DRM technology may cause harm to the content industry?