What's The Difference Between DRM And A Virus?
from the similarities... dept
Over the past few days a number of sites have commented on the fact that the new Beastie Boy album comes with copy protection (though, apparently not in the US or the UK, according to some). While this set off the usual arguments about why DRM is bad, The Register has rewritten the story as if the DRM is a virus or similar malware. They may have a point. The DRM is silently installed without alerting the user as soon as they put the CD into their computer. It prevents their computer from functioning the way it was designed to. In fact, the article suggests the fact that it’s installed without asking the end user or getting permission may constitute a crime. I’m not entirely sure, but I think the CDs do note on the case that they come with copy protection, so it is possible that sticker could be considered “letting the user know.” Still, this does raise some important questions about DRM and whether or not it will violate any anti-spyware law that’s being discussed, since most of them focus on the fact that they’re installed without explicit permission.