Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 7th Apr 2006 14:18 UTC
Linux A RealNetworks executive has claimed that Linux risks being excluded from the consumer market if it does not add support for copy-restriction technologies. But the Free Software Foundation Europe countered this claim on Thursday, saying that consumers have made it clear that they do not want DRM restricting their use of digital media.
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Let me reason a little ...
by gustl on Fri 7th Apr 2006 14:48 UTC
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Somebody wants to sell me a movie for 20$. But this Movie will be viewable only as long as the selling company stays in business plus the amount of time the hardware does not brake after the company goes out of business.

Now I compare that to what the illegal internet download programs provide: Cheap access to movies which I will be able to possess as long as I wish.

The DRM-using content providers are loosing customers because they are more expensive, and they are loosing even more customers because their content is too restricted.

The only way a DRM system would be acceptable for me would be a blockbusters-like arrangement. Where I know, that I have 2 days to watch the movie, and after that it's gone. Of course the prices would have to be comparable too.

Now that I think of it, you cannot BUY DRMed content, you ALWAYS RENT it, sometimes you just don't know for how long.

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