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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RE: DRM and competition?
by ssa2204 on Thu 30th Aug 2007 22:00 UTC in reply to "DRM and competition?"
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This is the sanest of any thought I have seen so far. DRM is a reaction, good or bad, to a culture that simply no longer wanted to pay for anything. I really do not see the difference between when a store puts security measures in place to insure you do not walk out without paying for their product and a company that wishes to insure that you pay for their product.

One of the most baseless claims is that the music industry just did not understand technology and the ability to download music. What was at issue was people using P2P networks to download gigabytes of music they did not pay for. There is no argument that the methods they have used have been in poor taste to say the least, but the fact remains nobody is entitled to free music anymore than they are entitled to free movies.

As much as people whine, complain, bitch and moan about DRM, I have yet to hear one single REASONABLE alternative. One argument that could, and is made, is if the industries lowered their prices maybe their would be no need for DRM. Except, that basic economics would tell you that they have no reason to lower prices, the markets have spoken and people ARE willing to pay $20 for a DVD, $2 for a song, etc..

I am sorry but I really just can not get all worked up about this. If your downloaded Transformers or 300 HD DVD will not play at full HD on your Vista PC, well remember the old saying.."You get what you pay for!"

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