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succinct explanation of the DRM problem (3)
  • succinct explanation of the DRM problem  [ Mon Oct 13 2008 5:14 PM ]

    Randall Munroe does it again:

  • When the pirated product is superior  [ Mon Oct 13 2008 5:37 PM ]

    ... you know copy protection sucks.

    This applies to commercial software as well as media.

    Case in point: The other day a legally-purchased software product which shall remain nameless (well, OK, Freehand) complained that it was no longer authorized to run and needed to be re-activated. Usually this takes about 3 seconds, but on this happy day, Adobe's authorization servers were down. So I called the phone authorization number and was told by the nice lady in India that the authorization servers would be down for couple of days and that there was nothing I could do about it.

    So here I had a legal copy of the software that I couldn't use FOR TWO DAYS because the not-revealed-to-me-at-purchase-time requisite infrastructure of authorization servers was not available. Meanwhile, the guy with the pirated copy kept plugging along without a care in the world.

    What's wrong with this picture?

  • ITunes Plus  [ Mon Oct 13 2008 6:20 PM ]

    Apple is rolling out higher-bitrate, DRM-free files now (with which, I might add, I am fairly satisfied as a consumer). If we conveniently overlook the fact that the original low-quality, DRM-ified file format should have been called iTunes Minus, this is a good thing.

    But a lot of content they sell is still DRM-crippled. There's some weird thing with some of the major labels where they are letting Amazon (for example) sell DRM-free MP3s but not letting Apple do the same thing. Apple says the labels are not providing re-encoded files. I'm too tired to Google up the full story.










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