Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 22nd May 2012 09:51 UTC
In the News "Over half of PC users worldwide have admitted to using pirate software last year, according to a study by the trade group Business Software Alliance. BSA's ninth annual Global Software Piracy Study has shown a sharp increase in software piracy, especially among emerging economies. In the UK, more than one in four programs users installed in 2011 were unlicensed." If people decide en masse not to adhere to a law, said law is worth about as much as the paper it's written on. Laws become functional not because of the Queen's signature, but because the people decide to adhere to it. It's becoming ever clearer that as far as digital goods go, the law is not functional - for better or worse.
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MOS6510
Member since:
2011-05-12

I wouldn't call it war, they are not trying to get rid of customers or create all this DRM hassle to annoy users.

To me it does seem they don't really care about their product. Perhaps the creators do, but not the other departments. For example if you make a great movie you want you audience to enjoy it. Other people put these warnings in front of the movie, trailers of other movies. It's annoying enough if you just want to watch the movie, but even worse if you quickly want to jump to a scene to look something up or show it to someone. Or perhaps worst of all the inability to transfer the media to another device.

It either ruins the experience or it at least makes it less enjoyable than it should have been.

If you download a movie you can watch it on any media without all the added annoyance.

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sparkyERTW Member since:
2010-06-09

Well said. The thing that aggravates me to know end is picking up a movie on physical media or heading to theater and before the movie plays, I'm forced - literally given no option to bypass - a PSA talking pontificating how wrong it is to pirate movies... a movie I just PAID to watch.

I don't get angry at the producers, directors, cast members (okay, maybe a little angry at the stars that garner double-digit millions in salary for a few months of work where they're treated like gods the whole time); I fully realize it's the studio execs, marketing departments, etc. But it doesn't make it any less reprehensible.

Anyway, back on the topic of software...

The same thing is true in the software world. It's rarely the tech staff that want DRM; it's almost always the distributors/publishers/etc.

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

For example if you make a great movie you want you audience to enjoy it. Other people put these warnings in front of the movie, trailers of other movies.


Reminds me of Lemmy: Go out and steal the album, I dont care. I just want you to hear the fucking songs.

(Somewhat paraphrased, I haven't watched Stage Fright in a while)

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MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

It is funny that music cds don't have any warnings or commercials on them, while dvds do. To me it seems it's much easier to copy a cd (to another cd or medium) than a dvd.

Probably because that would REALLY cross the line of acceptance.

Still, if it's just an annoyance thing and not an effective anti-piracy method why bother to do it with dvds? Insert any warnings and commercials on a piece of paper and put it in the dvd case. They do so with Nintendo Wii games for example.

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