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Posted Feb 11, 2010 15:00 UTC (Thu) by wingo (guest, #26929)
The existence of DRM affects freedom negatively, even if you have no device with DRM.
Posted Feb 11, 2010 16:17 UTC (Thu) by Tuna-Fish (subscriber, #61751)
Posted Feb 11, 2010 19:09 UTC (Thu) by drag (subscriber, #31333)
Posted Feb 11, 2010 20:55 UTC (Thu) by vadim (guest, #35271)
That is why it's up to the open source folks to prove to people that
having DRM is detrimental. If there are actually compelling and good
reasons why DRM should not be used then we need to help people understand
it and also prove it.
There's nothing to prove. The DRM people amply proved it is detrimental
already, with things like activation servers going down and making people
unable to play the games/music they paid for. As a consumer there's no
logical reason to subscribe to such a scheme. The only reason people do is
because large companies put it in front of huge amounts of content, making
avoiding it very difficult.
Posted Feb 12, 2010 15:37 UTC (Fri) by wookey (subscriber, #5501)
Posted Feb 12, 2010 16:33 UTC (Fri) by vadim (guest, #35271)
But if you're unhappy with the entretainment media's industry, there's
simply nowhere to go. There's no place that will for instance sell the
same content as on BluRay without the DRM attached. There's no shop that
sells Windows without activation. And some of those things form chains of
lock in: To perform your job you need to access a website, to acess it you
must use IE, and to use IE you must use Windows. You're not entirely free
to make a choice in such a case because the odds are stacked against you.
In a case where you can obtain the same thing with either DRM or without
it, people overwhelmingly go for the option without, as can be seen from
the success of DRM-less web music shops.
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