Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 23rd Jan 2006 19:20 UTC
Legal "DRM is a lie. When an agenda driven DRM infection peddler gets on a soapbox and blathers about how it is necessary to protect the BMW payments of a producer who leeches off the talented, rest assured, they are lying to you. DRM has absolutely nothing to do with protecting content, it is about protecting the wallets of major corporations. The funny thing is they aren't protecting it from you, they are protecting it from each other."
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This statement assumes that most average people steal content, or don't respect copyright.

Don't they though? I don't know very many people (actually, only a few) who have a passing knowledge of how to pirate and don't do it. For example, I was riding with a friend in her car, and she was listening to the latest Nickelback CD. (A band I don't really care for, but that's beside the point.) She just casually mentioned that her sister bought the CD and 'made a copy' for her. And this is otherwise a pretty honest person. Most people who consider themselves honest won't hesitate to burn a copy of something that their friends own.

As for preventing casual piracy, this same person attempted to let her stepdad 'borrow' her Windows XP install CD, but the product activation barked at them when they tried to install. Of course, this is easily worked around, but you gotta have the knowledge. And most people who have that knowledge will do it. (BTW: Personally, I don't pirate stuff.)

Edited 2006-01-24 02:18

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