Digital Rights Vs User Rights

Mon, 15 Jan 2007 - Posted by Steviepunk

Since DRM (Digital Rights Management) is an issue to everyone that loves music and movies, I thought the article I came across on the tech website Ars Technica would be relevant to everyone.

I'm sure anyone that is reading this has come across DRM in one form or another, this could be anything from only being able to put your iTunes Store music onto a handful of devices, not being able to copy a DVD to your portable media player or even just reading the news about the Sony Rootkit scandal.

DRM is about controlling how movies and music can be used, what devices they can play on, how often they can be played, etc. As an example, it is DRM that prevents music purchased from Apples iTunes Store from being played on any MP3 player except an iPod. It does have it's uses, however the primary argument is that it is to fight piracy, however every time something new comes along in the DRM world, crackers usually have it beaten in a very short space of time rendering it next to useless. So who does DRM actually affect? It doesn't affect people who want copied movies and music, they can find it DRM-less without much trouble. It affects the people that actually pay for their music and movies - is it even possible to buy a DVD these days without having to sit through 4 minutes of anti-piracy 'awareness' messages each time you want to watch it? You can be sure that those with the pirate copy do not have to sit through that, only those that have actually bought the thing have to be treated like criminals!

I would recommend that anyone who likes there movies and music have a read at the following article, it is important that people know about these things before they have the chance to become too overpowering and controlling.

Privately, Hollywood admits DRM isn't about piracy: