Friendly DRM Is An Oxymoron

from the nothing-friendly-about-it dept

While the era of DRM on music may finally be ending, it appears that some other industries still haven't quite come to terms with the three simple facts that a few industries are finally realizing: (1) DRM does not work (2) DRM diminishes the value of your product (3) DRM pisses off your users. Despite these universal truths, every digital industry seems to go through this phase where they think that they can figure out how to do DRM right. A bunch of consumer electronics makers and movie studios are apparently working together on yet another DRM standard that they swear (this time, for real!!) will actually work and will be "friendly." We've heard it before, and the end result is the same (see numbers 1 through 3 above). As per usual, they're claiming that this system will be even better than non-DRM'd content, but fail to explain how that's actually true. At best, they say it'll be more convenient, but it's difficult to see how any limitation adds convenience rather than takes it away.

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    Rich Kulawiec, 13 Jan 2009 @ 3:45pm

    DRM is also a massive security hole

    DRM is designed to vest part of the control of YOUR system in THEIR hands, for various pairs of "your, their". This has several unpleasant consequences. First, this surrender of control violates basic security principles. Second, you have no guarantee that it won't be abused -- surely nobody reading this site is so naive as to think that any/all data that can be WILL be harvested, stored, analyzed, and, if feasible, packaged for sale? And third, granting such control effectively also transitively grants control to any third parties authorized by the DRM controller...or to any third parties clever enough to subvert the DRM controller's security. This is why I refer to any system utilizing DRM as "pre-compromised at the factory". It is, of course, quite impossible to plug this hole except by replacing the system.

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