Is The Recording Industry Realizing That DRM Is Bad?
from the we-shall-see... dept
We've never quite understood why the entertainment industry was so fascinated with copy protection schemes. It doesn't actually stop content from being copied, but basically makes life difficult for legitimate purchasers. Any content will eventually (usually quickly) be copied and make it online, at which point the copy protection is no longer useful at all. Anyone who wants a copy will simply go online to get it, while those who have legitimate reasons to make a copy of their own will be frustrated by the copy protection -- and eventually be forced to just obtain an unauthorized copy online. It's hard to see what good that does, other than add an additional expense and annoyance to CDs. Add to that Sony's little rootkit adventure in exposing all kinds of security holes in typical copy protection and it's a recipe for disaster (and no actual benefit to the recording industry). It's not clear if recording industry execs have fully realized this yet, but it appears that there's some hope. In addition to recent experiments with DRM-free downloads, BoingBoing is reporting that EMI has announced that they won't be using copy protection schemes on any new CDs. It's not clear how widespread this really is, or if they're that serious about it or are simply waiting for a "new" copy protection system to replace the old ones. However, it is a good sign that perhaps the industry is realizing that when a particular practice doesn't work no matter how many times you try it, the answer isn't to keep on doing the same thing.