Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Good Essay on DRM and the Myth of Piracy

Ken Fisher wrote an excellent essay about Digital Rights Management and the real motivation for using it on Ars Technica.

I've believed that the litigation, threats, and the nastiness shown by the trade groups, specifically the RIAA, has less to do with combating losses through piracy and more to do with control and maximizing revenue through their customers.

I'm very curious what the public reaction will be to the next ridiculously inflated lawsuit the trade groups attempt to litigate. I think the reaction will meet far more resistance from the public now that people are finding themselves jobless and out of their homes. People are going to have less sympathy for the industries that employ do all that they can to deliver as little value to their customers as possible while also trying to squeeze as much revenue as possible out of the customers at the same time.

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