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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    Ed, 6 Jun 2002 @ 1:51pm

    Re: So tell me...

    In this scenario, your old computer would still work, but you wouldn't be able to run the latest version of Windows (let's call it Windows DRM) on it, because it would only support 'secure' hardware. New music CD's would have something akin to DVD encryption where all players, hardware or software, would have to be licensed, and the software would only exist for Windows DRM.

    I'm sure that in this scenario, bootlegs would still exist, but they'd vary in quality, much like they did before the days of Napster. They'd either come from recording an analog source, or smuggling a digital copy out of a recording studio.

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