Linked by Kroc on Thu 30th Aug 2007 13:03 UTC
Editorial I hear often that when something new appears that "competition is good". The primary reasons competition is seen as good, are: it drives down prices; it gives consumers more choice; it pushes technology forward, quicker. Competition is not good because: competition is why consumers have to choose between HD-DVD and BluRay; competition is why DRM exists; and more. In this article, each of the supposed benefits of competition will be looked at in more detail.
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Pick a better target
by Luminair on Thu 30th Aug 2007 13:22 UTC
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Greed is why consumers have to choose between HD-DVD and BluRay; HD DVD would be alone if Sony didn't have a history of wanting to make more money pushing their special systems with their restrictive licenses.

Greed is why DRM exists. Some companies believe strong control over their content is the best way to sell more content because they can prevent sharing. Others look at it in reverse: content sharing creates more consumers who are then, in a moral and just society, willing to reward the content creator fairly for his or her work.

Competition is why we are alive and Homo habilis is dead, not why Bluray and DRM exist. So you're backwards -- the existence of Bluray creates competition, not the other way around.

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