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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  1. identicon
    Phillip Vector, 14 Jan 2009 @ 9:33am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Steam?

    *sigh*

    Yes, it answers it (all 3 questions even though you answered 5 for some reason).

    Here. I'll break it down for you..

    Can you resell a game?

    The legality is in question, but no. Not according to the user agreement (which again, is in question as to how legal it is).

    Can you borrow it, or loan it to a friend for the weekend?

    Yes. As long as you do not play it. Just like a CD.

    Can another family member take the game to another computer in the same house and play it while you play something else?

    Yes. See my above post about Offline Mode.

    So my answers are Maybe, Yes and Yes.

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