Is DRM In Retreat?

from the perhaps,-but-it's-not-dead-yet dept

Ed Felten has a post up noting that it appears DRM is in retreat, at least in certain areas, such as music. Of course, he points to Apple's agreement to get rid of DRM as a key factor -- but also notes that the former "DRM Watch" blog, from one of DRM's biggest supporters, is now called Copyright and Technology. Still, while it does appear that some are realizing the pointlessness of DRM, it's still not really dead yet. We noted that Apple still uses DRM in many areas and Microsoft just brought back DRM in its mobile music offering. Of course, that will backfire too, but it shows that there are still people out there who seem to believe that DRM actually has some kind of benefit.
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  1. identicon
    Voice of Reason, 28 Jan 2009 @ 4:44am

    Of course DRM adds value

    "but it shows that there are still people out there who seem to believe that DRM actually has some kind of benefit."

    Of course DRM has some kind of benefit - it adds value for the copyright holder and creates more professionally produced content for us. Any fool can see that!

    The value is that it allows the copyright holders to monetize their new (and old content alike) in any way they seem fit (pay per play music is especially good). In turn, it encourages them to put out more and more of the same product, so that we get more content and they make pots of money, as they should. :)

    It's those fukking hackers who keep breaking DRM that are the real culprits. Bastards. They should all be rounded up, locked up in jail and the key thrown away.

    Any reasonable person will agree with me. I rest my case.

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