Obama's Gift To British Prime Minister Rendered Useless By DRM

from the learning-process dept

A few years back, it emerged that US Senator Ted Stevens had been given an iPod by his daughter, and it had changed the way he saw the RIAA and the measures for which it lobbied. It's always seemed to me that once politicians -- at least those not beholden to the entertainment industry -- experienced the stupidity and frustration of the locks and controls that groups like the RIAA and MPAA put on content and want backed up by law, they'd realize they were little more than attempts to frustrate consumers and prop up outmoded business models. Maybe the UK is prepared for a similar political inflection point: its Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, was recently given a gift of 25 DVDs of classic American movies by US President Barack Obama. When Brown sat down to watch one of them, he found he couldn't -- because Obama had given him Region 1 DVDs, unplayable in Brown's Region 2 DVD player. The pointless DRM didn't stop any piracy, it prevented an absolutely reasonable use of legitimately purchased content. Maybe this experience will help the British government understand how many of the entertainment industry's efforts to strengthen intellectual property controls do little more than irritate legitimate consumers in the name of supporting failing business models.

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    SomeLittleGuy, 19 Mar 2009 @ 4:51pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:Weird Harold

    I appreciate your assumption that I am claiming their right to earn more money is wrong. I understand economics to some extent and I have (albeit limited) understanding of supply and demand. I understand that many calculations are made to find the sweet spot where the most money can be made.

    My point was, that the only purpose for the regional DRM is to make more money. Special versions sans swearing come out all the time of music cd's etc. They don't have special tags that only allow them to be played in certain players. Regional tags do not enforce decency, they only serve to make it simpler for the companies to charge regions different amounts. So lets just admit that this proves the basic point that these industries want more control, not to prevent "piracy" but so that they can squeeze every dollar imaginable out of people. And as i pointed out, there is a profit being made in Thailand or they wouldn't sell it there. So they could sell it everywhere at the equivalent of 50 baht in every country, they just wouldn't would't be as rich. So call it what it is. It isn't a piracy deterrent. It is a monopoly.

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