DRM Supporters Changing Their Story?
from the if-at-first-you-don't-succeed... dept
A few months ago, we wrote about why strong DRM supporters’ argument that copy protection is somehow “necessary” for content creators didn’t actually make much sense. It appears that even some of those DRM supporters are recognizing this as well. Ed Felten has noticed that supporters of stronger legal backing for copy protection laws have started to shift their argument, relying less on “stopping file sharing” (which copy protection doesn’t do) and moving on to “it allows new business models” including things like price discrimination. He also claims that they’re promoting how DRM helps support lock-in of customers — which it does, but I’ve yet to hear that argument made as a positive reason for DRM. Even the price discrimination argument is a risky one, since even when it’s more efficient, it adds in unexpected economic friction in the form of pissing people off. Though, as Felten points out, neither of these arguments (whether or not they make sense) have anything to do with copyright — yet, supporters still seem to be focusing on bolstering protections for DRM within copyright law. It’s great that these content providers want to introduce new business models, but there’s no reason that those business models should need to get extra special legal protection.