Customers Don't Want DRM

from the well,-duh dept

While the government, the music industry, and the tech industry spend all their time arguing amongst themselves about the whole digital entertainment "problem", they keep forgetting about the most important people: the consumers. The consumers are willing to pay for music, but they don't want digital rights management technologies telling them what they can and can't do with their entertainment. They don't want to be limited. While I agree this is most likely true, this article bases the entire argument on the anecdotal evidence of one (yes, one) consumer. It would have been more interesting if they had some numbers to back it up - or at least spoke to a few more people. Either way, I'm beginning to run out of ways to try to explain to the entertainment industry that trying to block people from doing what they want to do isn't generally a good business strategy. Giving customers what they want is a good strategy. How difficult is this to understand?
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    Anonymous Coward, 6 Jun 2002 @ 1:44pm

    So tell me...

    Let's say that everything Hollywood wants for DRM becomes law... Music CD's are encoded and new computers monitor you to make sure you don't break a Hollywod Law. How is that going to stop the OLD computers? How will they prevent me from capturing the sound as it exists my computer from going into a recording device? Seems to me recording video and sound would have to be illegal. Those devices could be used in order to curcumvent audio and video protection schemes. Looks like camcorders, voice recorders and old computers will have to be rounded up at taken from the citizens.

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