Drm can now be considered a bad word, those not to be spoken in good manner. Molly, Tom and Veronica have made clear of the cons in 2006. Back in December, they had guest speakers on the show; one of them brought a good point. In a medium where people can take an advantage of something and distribute it, you can trust maybe 10 people, maybe 20 that they would do the honorable thing, but how about thousands, maybe millions to do the same. Watermarking technology seems like a good idea, but the way I see it (although I don?t like it very much, but I have come to terms with) is that DRM is a way for multiple companies to make more profit out of the same media. For example: video game industries.
Video Game industries launch the same titles, sometimes even the same format, or they don?t bother to change anything when they make and distribute the same game for different consoles. Follow me in this analogy: You have been a playstation owner as long as you can remember. The games on the other systems are different but for most part, most games come for the other consoles are the same with maybe some small variation (to be able to adapt for the different way the controls are set up in each system).
Bottom line: Choose your poison...for example if you like apple products, then stick with iTunes drm (or playstation for that matter) and so on. This guarantees that apple will be getting back its revenue somehow, just like if you owned a PS and bought a game that is available on other systems. With your PS, you can?t do anything else with the PS game that you just bought other than play it on your PS. But what about those files with no drm attached to them, this is where gets tricky.
Having pure mp3 is does makes life easier if you get them from a site where the artists are getting the royalties they deserve. BUT, what if your computer of hard drive that the files are lost or stolen, and found and then the person who sees this will distribute them freely, giving the artist no royalties and it gets worse if they are watermarked. In this case, the files are being spread with your information and if they fall on the wrong hands, then you might be accused of distributing copyrighted content, and to prove that you have gotten your computer stolen or lost, or prove that you left your computer unattended while your coworker browsed through your collection had some fun copying files and then distributing them, even before you get back with your coffee. That?s going to be more fun to prove than the original scenario
In conclusion, I believe, that although I do not agree with it completely, DRM is a necessary evil at this point in technology because in part its not fair that I pay .99 a song while other people are helping to it for free, and I do pay it, because it?s the legal thing to do and makes me go to bed at night easier.
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