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.

Filed Under: drm, friendly drm, movies


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    Cardinal Fang, 13 Jan 2009 @ 9:45pm

    Re: Re: Re: Steam?

    "The ONLY DRM steam has is the online check..."

    Unless the publisher demands additional DRM. Bioshock on Steam initially also employed Securom v7 (whether it's been removed by now is something no one can seem to determine), and I believe Crysis Warhead also uses Securom on top of Steam's DRM.

    Activation limitations were recently added to Steam product descriptions.

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