More On Google Copy Protection
from the still-doesn't-seem-very-good dept
Jeremiah writes in with a followup to our discussions last week about Google’s new copy protection, which, according to Larry Page “has a lot of details” that he feels are “not important,” since people seem willing to put up with copy protection. Jeremiah points out that: “Thomas Hawk has some fresh info on Google Video’s new DRM: “The big Google distinction between how they will offer their pay downloads vs. the other guys is that Google is going to actually let you download your paid download files on to your computer and then allow you total control over the file. Want to copy it to your laptop? No problem. To your portable device? Hey, it’s your file, you paid for it, why not. Of course you can’t just allow people free and easy access with no controls or the content providers would not license their content. How then does Google secure their paid downloads, by using a log on authentication system. Basically you will download the new Google proprietary media player with secret and proprietary codecs and it will play all of your video for you. Basically when you want to view your content anywhere, any device, any time, you’ll just authenticate with your user ID and password and be able to play your previously downloaded free and purchased video.” A step up from other copy protection schemes, but still requires you to be connected to the internet and still means it’s incompatible with lots of other things and (of course) means that anyone can change the terms of what you “bought” at a later date, since the content needs to call home before you can watch it. Doesn’t seem like an advancement. Just adding to the mess.