Ian Bicking: the old part of his blog

Re: DRM Explained

I agree with how horrible DRM is. I work with a company that is somewhat engaged in the field, and I wouldn't buy the product I am developing on myself.

Yet there isn't much you can do, because if you want to get deals with the content-providers, you have to bend to their rules, however stupid thei are.

I do also have doubts how business would go if you'd just put plain content in the hands of everybody. Probably not much worse then now, since anybody who wants to have just plain content can get it easely enough anyway.

In the best of cases the whole idea with DRM will be a fad, and kill itself easely enough as soon as everybody has realized it's not a workable system at large.

Perhaps then we'll remember that a service that somebody charges is much more about ease of use, quality, customer satisfaction, and all the nice things good services are supposedly about.

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Yet there isn't much you can do, because if you want to get deals with the content-providers, you have to bend to their rules, however stupid thei are.

So, get works from other places. Encourage artists that you like, to avoid such harmful deals. Encourage them to encourage other artists to do the same.

Not easy, but far from "there isn't much you can do". We're only helpless if we choose to be.

# Ben Finney