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Let's get down to it: Jonathan's DRM idea

by aplardi / October 5, 2006 12:35 PM PDT

I wrote in a response to BOL about it, and it was mentioned on Thursday's Podcast.

Molly brought up an interesting point that the BIN numbers could be spoofed like Credit Cards. I have a further response to that, but I don't want it to look like I'm beating a dead horse so I figured I would post it in the forums so maybe other people can offer their opinions on this. I?d love to hear back from Jonathan again.

This is my second reply pointed towards Molly?s statement:

I am curious of the train of thought behind the idea of someone wanting to spoof your MP3 license. What I am trying to say is that honest people will buy these files. Whereas the pirate groups, as always will buy the CD or get it from a "source" and rip the mp3's in a high quality file format. They wouldn't want to waste there time on some lower quality mp3 files that they would somehow have to get hold of from an honest user who buys them.

The only person that would have to worry would be the person who decides to buy them and distribute them illegally. They would have to find a way to "scratch" out the bin number of that MP3 file so it isn't traced back to them. There is no real reason for a pirate group risk trying to spoof another persons DRM license and frame them, because it would be going out of the way (and pirates have the motto of wanting to give clean files, it?s just against the Pirate code). There?s no reason for the people who buy the files to worry as long as they are honest and are not submitting them to janked sites.

Maybe I'm having trouble putting myself in the RIAA's shoes, but no company or business will ever be exempt from theft and it seems the RIAA/MPAA are some of the only ones who aren?t willing to accept that. If anything this would prove to that the honest buyers are not the ones they need to worry about and limit what they can do with restrictive DRM. They might even see a spike of music sales because of a lack of restrictive DRM, and maybe, perhaps, make money!

I think the industry may still have some heart as they were willing to offer a completely DRM-free file from Jessica Simpson, so why not try this. It's a level ground where they have their form of DRM, and honest users can have unrestrained files to play on any MP3 player from all of their favorite major label artists.

I wrote that letter to - and again, I'd honestly like some people's opinions on this. DRM crippling content is a really bad thing.

Some of you who saw my previous thread about eMusic know that I really care (probably too much) about the DRM and RIAA issue...

PS: I plan on updating that Best of eMusic list sometime tomorrow

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