Sony DRM Making DVDs Not Work In Many DVD Players?

from the lessons-not-learned dept

Over the weekend, Slashdot pointed to various reports suggesting that the new DRM used on certain Sony DVDs means those DVDs no longer play on certain DVD players. If true (and there appears to be many people who have experienced the problem) it would suggest that Sony still hasn't quite figured out from previous experience that DRM is a huge market killer for them. It is taking away value from their products while doing absolutely nothing to add value to their product. This should be obvious to just about anyone -- but it appears that it still hasn't permeated the brains of entertainment industry execs. It would be nice if a Sony exec (from any branch of the company) could explain how DRM benefits customers, rather than pisses them off. Update: It appears that Sony has now said it's fixing the problem with the DRM it's using.

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    Danny, 17 Apr 2007 @ 6:31am

    It's not that they don't care about the customer...it's a business necessity. If they just stopped worrying about piracy due to the amounts of people who can bitch and complain about it constantly, or the amounts of people who can crack them or whatever, then that would mean in some way or another that they wouldn't care if you ripped or pirated the product. This is a no no...They have to to this bullshit because of the high amount of piracy that is around already. If they did nothing, then in hindsight, they would seem as a company who did nothing to "try" and save their assets. So in a sense, all those who bitch and complain about them are doing so for reasons that hold no weight...these are just the repercussions...

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