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Google Google have agreed, for a yet-announced sum, to acquire Widevine, a DRM technology provider used widely in web-streaming and set-top solutions like netflix, LOVEFiLM and the DISH network. via Engadget
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by Lunitik on Mon 6th Dec 2010 17:27 UTC
Lunitik
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2005-08-07

Why do people hate DRM so much? The originators of the material have a RIGHT to control how their content is distributed. The only genuine reason to complain is because it makes it harder to steal content, hardly a valid reason to be angry. Instead of complaining, people ought to work closer to ensure DRM is available on all platforms as currently most Linux distros don't ship anything for accessing this material legally.

That being said, I don't think DRM should require any license in and of itself. It should only be used to ensure people have paid fair price for other material. That way, open source projects could still empower their users to not be left behind in content.

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phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

Why do people hate DRM so much? The originators of the material have a RIGHT to control how their content is distributed.


How it is distributed, sure. But they have no right to control how I use that content once it is distributed to me. I am perfectly within my Fair Use rights to make a backup copy, transcode it to play on my portable device, burn it to a DVD to watch on the TV, etc.

Where DRM fails is that all the vendors try to control how I use the content once I have it in my possession. And by making it illegal for me to exercise my Fair Use rights (via the DMCA).

The only genuine reason to complain is because it makes it harder to steal content, hardly a valid reason to be angry.


No, DRM makes it harder for legitimate customers to do legitimate things with their legitimately purchased content.

Buy a Disney movie on DVD but want to rip it to your media server so that you can watch it on any PC/HTPC/TV in your house? Sorry, their DRM won't let you. Want to make a backup copy so that your 6-year old doesn't scratch up the original? Sorry, that's illegal under the DMCA. Want to do anything with your legally purchased copy? Too bad, not allowed.

It's now easier to do a Google search, download a torrent, and use that, then to use the legally purchased DVD/Blu-Ray. And when that happens, DRM has lost all meaning or purpose.

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0brad0 Member since:
2007-05-05

Why do people hate DRM so much? The originators of the material have a RIGHT to control how their content is distributed. The only genuine reason to complain is because it makes it harder to steal content, hardly a valid reason to be angry. Instead of complaining, people ought to work closer to ensure DRM is available on all platforms as currently most Linux distros don't ship anything for accessing this material legally.


I go and buy a BluRay disc.... I don't run Windows... I can't play a disc I just purchased. FAIL. So I'll steal the ripped content. The content creators created this retarded situation. Oh well. Fuck them.

BTW, I might consider DRM if it was completely open source otherwise its not coming anywhere near my system.

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