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.


  1. 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.