Digital Rights Management is a Club, Not Piracy Protection

Barry Ritholz has a harrowing post up about his recent experience trying to puzzle through a CD’s copy protection. His discovery? Among other things, that copy protection in the form of digital rights management is more of an economic club with which vendors bash one another than a real attempt to constrain piracy.

A case in point: When Barry contacted the DRM vendor they helpfully steered him through working around the DRM. Crazy.

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Comments

  1. Fred says:

    It would appear that working around the DRM doesn’t change that something is installed permanently on your computer and constantly monitors your use of your computer.
    http://www.sysinternals.com/blog/2005/10/sony-rootkits-and-digital-rights.html