by Mike Masnick
Wed, Dec 8th 2010 2:16am
You would think that the folks over at Google would know by now what a joke DRM is -- especially after the company's disastrous foray into server-based DRM on its original Google Video platform that required users to "check in" before they could watch videos they thought they had "purchased." However, Google made some news this week by buying DRM vendor Widevine. It's no secret why the company did so: it wants to appease the big entertainment companies, promising that it's "protecting" their works and trying to sign big dollar deals to distribute their content via YouTube or the as-yet-unannounced Google Music offering. But, still, it's unfortunate that (even if it's demanded by these companies) Google would legitimize technology that purposely is designed to destroy value for consumers.
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