If consumers even know there's a DRM, what it is, and how it works, we've already failed.
We've had DRM in Windows for years. The most common format of music on an iPod is "stolen".steve ballmer
I'm not a lawyer I'm a kind of mouthpiece/activist type, though occasionally they shave me and stuff me into my Bar Mitzvah suit and send me to a standards body or the UN to stir up trouble. I spend about three weeks a month on the road doing completely weird stuff like going to Microsoft to talk about DRM.cory doctorow
The technology in question is an example of Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) -- technology designed to restrict the public. Describing it as "copyright protection" puts a favorable spin on a mechanism intended to deny the public the exercise of those rights which copyright law has not yet denied them.
There is a cost associated with DRM, and that is lost sales of content.
We conclude that given the current and foreseeable state of technology the content protection features of DRM are not effective at combating piracy.
My personal opinion (not speaking for IBM) is that DRM is stupid, because it can never be effective, and it takes away existing rights of the consumer.
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