I've been thinking about this since yesterday when I made my initial comment on this story.
The more I think about the DAZ 3D DRM the more I think it isn't really about piracy, it is more about control of their and their vendors digital products that anything else.
Perhaps they think DRM will help lock in users to their product, rather than say the new (and awesome I might add) Poser 11 software.
They already changed their format a while back that caused a big headache for users of the original Poser software, after which an importer was created so that the figures and content could be used outside of the DAZ 3D software product. Now this.
I may be wrong but I do think at least partially it is about control.
I personally think they are shooting themselves right in the wallet, but in this case their using DRM is a boon for myself as I won PoserWorld.com and Alacarte3D.com which sells Poser & DAZ Studio content. The more this anger their customers the better opportunity for me to gain customers.
One thing is for sure we will never use DRM or other piracy prevention measures in our digital products that would anger our customer base.
The sad thing is software pirates and those that user such wouldn't pay for content to begin with. With any digital product their will be some piracy (some more than others). The best way to combat it is to keep creating great content and listen to your customers / fans / etc.
Please, please, please, please., please Lord let them come after me. I need to put a fuck up on some fucktards. It's been a while since that last time and I so need the mental and legal stimulation to just fuck up some idiots. Please, Please, please Lord!
I've had folks try similar things because I/we have exposed the truth. Worst PR you could ever get, by threatening folks with questionable legal threats. I imagine at some point he will skulk off into the night. While these kinds of things can be disconcerting, they are only feeding their own egos.
Personally I would publicize this till the end of days and encourage others to do the same. If you ask me this is pretty much an "Internet Bully", that has no real means to do anything other than run his/her/it's mouth. Which makes it even more funny.
it amazes me that these sorts of patent are ever approved. I think it must take a special kind of moron to be a patent examiner, seriously. Prior art on press releases would go back to the early days of PR and online back into the early 90's at least. I hope the defendants pool their resources and invalidate the patent and then file for extreme damages and put the plaintiff out of business or at least dent his wallet so much that he avoids future frivolous litigation.
I use CreateSpace.com for print and sell my own eBook (PDF) in my own store (with the exception of Kindle). Not sure is CreateSpace is available to overseas authors though. The pricing is much better than Lulu.com and I have more control over the books, including price changes, etc. They also have an expanded distribution where the book shows up in other online retailers besides Amazon.com and I've had quite a few brick and mortar booksellers ordering books as well via CreateSpace.
Self marketing wise I sell around 200 books a month (print and eBook combined).
I'll have to say self publishing, both print and eBook formats has worked well for me. Mind you I don't sell 1,000 books a month and the lowest price is 9.95 for eBooks and 24.95 for print.
I do my own marketing for the books so sales are based on how hard I work to promote them. Editing though is very important and it isn't hard to find qualified out-sourced editing for an affordable cost.
One problem I see is pricing books too low, once you set a low threshold then readers (of the particular author) will always demand low priced books. The author then gets stuck in a price rut.
A books contents in my opinion should set the "value" or price of the book. What I write is primarily niche information and many times the only reliable source of information, thus I can price a book higher than other book genres can.
I've had great success with a Paywall on www.poserworld.com, we've been charging for access to our 3D content for about 10 years. Of course what I have available are scarce goods (digital content) that cannot be obtained elsewhere.
I also tried a Paywall on Designer Today (graphic design magazine) and met with only a small success and eventually abandoned the charge for access to our premium content.
It all boils down to the fact that if what someone is charging access to can be found elsewhere for free, then a Paywall isn't going to be profitable. Until newspapers find something of substantial value to provide to paying customers then they are doomed to failure by charging for access.
Another reason for me to stop going to the movies all together and just wait till the movie comes out on DVD, Netflix or PPV. The industry thinks by raising prices they will have a much higher profit margin. What will happen, I believe, is that less consumers will go to the movies and their profit margin will stay where it is currently or shrink a good bit. Let them shoot themselves in the foot, eventually movie prices will get so cheap, as they'll have to compete with the likes of Netflix to get warm bodies into theaters.