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  1. It would be an interesting experiment to clearly quantify the economic loss due to it’s addiction to DRM.

    Comment by Roger Davies — February 6, 2012 @ 12:26 pm

  2. I agree with everything that you are saying, especially with regard to the sheer impossibility of trying to apply DRM to something that can easily be reduced to a text file.

    The thing is…

    I know too many people who lend the lie to much of the stuff I would like to be able to say about DRM.

    Who have settled into the “all big corporations are evil” mantra, especially when it justifies them getting free stuff. Who are still buying stuff when pirating it doesn’t seem worth the effort. Who, if faced with an entirely DRM-free e-reader file, would immediately send it to all their friends, pretty much out of spite.

    To be fair, I don’t think this is really representative of many of those who are campaigning for copyright reform (it sure as hell needs reforming), but it is frustratingly descriptive of the vast majority of people I know who actually pirate stuff.

    The big publishers are especially fucked, because if they do make concessions, then this is never going to be enough for them to stop being seen as a “big evil corporation”, and therefore fair game.

    All too often now “this is a battle you can’t win” is coming up in the context of advice on DRM, and it’s often good tactical advice, but it makes for a pretty dubious long term strategy, especially when you consider which way the demographics in question are shifting.

    Copyright represents the most epic public relations failure in history. We should generally, if grudgingly support the copyright holders on principle, but instead we somehow find ourselves with a general public consensus that is most in favour of Captain Planet swooping down to stop them.

    It’s clear that this has happened because some of the copyright holders have been greedy jerks who are chasing their own agenda.

    I don’t think we can afford to ignore the fact that there is no shortage of self serving greedy jerks on this side of the argument as well, especially cosidering the damage they do to everyone else’s credibility.

    Comment by TechTropes - Matt — February 7, 2012 @ 10:20 am

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