DRM Group Admits Impracticality, Not Its Technology, Stops Hi-Def DVD Copying
from the duh dept
Reports have been circulating online that the DRM used on both versions of high-definition DVDs had been cracked, and now the licensing group behind the copy-protection technology, called AACS, has confirmed it. The only interesting point of the confirmation is that the group’s spokesman says that the large sizes of HD files and the high cost of writable HD DVD and Blu-ray discs makes copying the files impractical — but that’s something that’s true with or without the DRM. We’ve long argued that DRM is pointless, not just from a business angle, but because it doesn’t work. The AACS spokesman’s comment essentially says that it’s not the copy protection that will stop people from copying the movies, rather the simple impracticality of doing so. This is the same reason people continue to buy DVDs, even though their copy protection was cracked years ago. For most users, it’s easier to simply go out and buy a DVD, rather than download a movie from the internet and screw around with converting it and burning it into a proper format. That’s one example of how content companies already compete with free, even if they don’t realize it, or simply won’t admit it. Releasing the next-gen DVDs without DRM really won’t dent sales, because all the movies are going to end up on file-sharing networks anyway. Leaving off the DRM will simply make it easier for legitimate customers to enjoy the content they’ve purchase in the way they want, although somehow we suspect that’s not something the content companies really care about.