Hollywood Decides If It Can't Succeed At Home, It Might As Well Force DRM Into Foreign TVs
from the always-another-market-to-piss-off-somewhere dept
One thing about Hollywood lobbying groups is that they're somewhat relentless. You can stop a ridiculously bad legislative effort in one place, only to see it pop up somewhere else a month later. They attack pretty much all possible avenues to get regulations that heavily favor and protect their obsolete business model. No wonder MPAA and RIAA execs are paid so well. The EFF has the latest story, which notes that various Hollywood studios who haven't had as much luck requiring TV makers to include DRM into TVs in the US are working on a separate project to force DRM into the standards used throughout the rest of the world, which would effectively mandate that TVs include one particular technology, which will basically serve to make the TVs costlier, but won't do squat to actually stop copying. It's unclear what the studios actually think they gain from this. The content will still get copied and will still be available online. No DRM is going to stop that. If anything, all this will do is serve to piss off users who will wonder why they can't properly record something. All for an added cost. In an age where television broadcasting is facing increased competition from a variety of other sources, doing stuff that only pisses off your viewers doesn't seem like a particularly intelligent strategy.