Some of us knew this 30 years ago
Posted Jul 26, 2013 10:51 UTC (Fri) by khim
In reply to: Some of us knew this 30 years ago
Parent article: Android 4.3
Can't the goal be simply just to sell something to people?
No, because you can only do it once. DRM ensures that you can sell the same thing dozen of times (once for NES, then for SNES, then for PlayStation, then for PSP, then for Android). Take a look on list of platforms here and notice that Android or iTunes is still bringing them good money.
Music industry lost and was forced to drop DRM because they did a mistake 30 years ago when they started releasing digital copies without DRM. They are pretty much unique in this regard - few other industries are in similar position.
Those who don't want to buy and want to pirate, will do it no matter DRM or not.
Right, but these people are not very interesting. You want to make life harder for them by to reduce their population, but it's hard to receive money from them. DRM ensures that Joe Average will continue to pay - and it does that nicely.
They are less likely to do that with content which is sold DRM free.
Really? How many games can you name which was were put on TPB because it was DRM-free? How many games sold by GOG were spared because "it's not even a challenge"? Puhlease.
If anything music industry story showed that sale of DRM-free digital content makes it hard to sell DRMed content later, nothing more, nothing less.
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