Hollywood One Step Closer To Demanding DRM Helmets
from the did-you-not-pay-for-that? dept
Despite being beaten down repeatedly when they’ve tried to introduce the “broadcast flag” system, the movie industry keeps coming back for more. Their latest effort goes beyond just the broadcast flag to try to plug the “analog hole.” The problem with any copy protection scheme is that, at some point, in some way, they have to unencrypt the content and let it be viewed or heard. Otherwise what good is it? At that point, of course, it’s always able to be recorded in some manner. That’s the analog hole. Even though those recordings are almost always of lower quality, Hollywood still views it as a huge problem. That’s why they’re pushing for new legislation that would force every piece of consumer electronics to make use of two different systems to try to plug the analog hole — preventing all sorts of actions normally considered fair use. Again, this seems to only be punishing people who aren’t trying to do anything wrong. The real counterfeiters will obviously find a way around it — so this will just limit people who just want to do something completely innocent. Of course, at the same time, it will make all of our consumer electronics and computers more expensive and more difficult to use, while making the MPAA’s own content less valuable. It’s a basic lose-lose proposition for everyone — and yet the MPAA is going to insist it’s “necessary” because they aren’t creative enough to change their business model in the face of a changing market. Suddenly, it’s looking like the idea of the DRM helmet that carefully monitors what you see to make sure you are either blocked from viewing or charged for any copyrighted content you see isn’t quite so far fetched.