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this is not my beautiful house

this is not my beautiful house

Posted Feb 11, 2010 20:55 UTC (Thu) by vadim (subscriber, #35271)
In reply to: this is not my beautiful house by drag
Parent article: FOSDEM'10: Maemo 6 platform security

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.

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this is not my beautiful house

Posted Feb 12, 2010 15:37 UTC (Fri) by wookey (subscriber, #5501) [Link]

erm, but surely that is a logical reason for a consumer (access to that huge amount of content)? That's exactly the trade that many people are willing to make (but relatively few readers here).

this is not my beautiful house

Posted Feb 12, 2010 16:33 UTC (Fri) by vadim (subscriber, #35271) [Link]

It's not a fair trade, though. If you're unhappy with a restaurant's
policies, you can go to another, and get the same food for the most part.
If you don't like an establishment's dress code, for instance, you can
also get your steak at a place that's not so restrictive.

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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