Why DRM Is Bad For Everyone

from the yes,-everyone dept

Cory Doctorow gave a speech today for Microsoft's research group explaining to them why digital rights management is bad for everyone, and I do mean everyone. It's a long piece, but absolutely worth reading, bringing together a variety of stories (most of which we've covered here over time) and pointing out that not only does DRM technology not work by its very nature, but it damages just about everyone it touches, from the consumers who use it to the companies who create it to the artists it's supposed to "protect." The key to all of this: "There is no market demand for this "feature." None of your customers want you to make expensive modifications to your products that make backing up and restoring even harder." Sooner or later companies will realize that DRM is really just incentive for competitors to come into your market and offer customers what they really want.
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    JOEY DEMECHIA, 1 Nov 2007 @ 12:25am

    DRM BLEW IT!

    WMP 10 & WMP11 SCREWED UP MY MUSIC FILES AND ALL MY PLAYERS WITH THEIR DRM BS.ONE BIG REASON FOR A MEDIA CENTER COMPUTER HAS BEEN DESTROYED BY DRM. MY ENTERTAINMENT WITH OVER A 1000 MUSIC CDS BOUGHT AND PAID FOR TO BE RIPPED TO A LIBRARY FOR SIMPLE PLAY HAS GOT ME FUMING. FOR ALL THE TIME SPENT ON RIPPING MY STORE BOUGHT CDS TO LISTEN TO IS NO MORE. I HATE MICROSOFT FOR DESTROYING MY MUSIC. MUSIC THAT A FEW $100.OO BOUGHT ONLINE AND MY CD COLLECTION PURCHASED FROM STORES THRU THE YEARS IS NO MORE ON THE COMPUTER.DRM TOOK AWAY MY ENHANCEMENTS LIKE SOUND SPECTRUM,VIDEO AND AUDIO ENHANCEMENTS ARE NO MORE BECAUSE OF DRM AND ITS CONFUSING BULLSHIT.THEY CAN HAVE THEIR PLAYERS BACK,I DON'T WANT NOTHING TO DO WITH WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER 10 OR 11. THEY CAN SHOVE IT WHILE THEY SUCK UP TO MUSIC ENTERTAINERS,SINGERS AND ALL.I WAS A HONEST GUY WANTING NO HASSLE TO ARRANGE TAG,AND PLAY MY SONGS ON A COMPUTER JUKEBOX WITHOUT ANY PROBLEMS,BUT NO IT CAN'T BE.

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