Top Arguments To Microsoft and DRM (Really Just To DRM)

Most of the big arguments that I have been getting on my DRM posts are posted below.  The majority of them don’t specifically relate to Microsoft and DRM, rather the concept of DRM and content protection.


 



  1. DRM doesn’t work and doesn’t prevent piracy

I agree.  If you look at the DRM and content protection systems I listed in my first post, you will find that only CableCARD (UDCR) and PSP-PDM have not been cracked (at least that I know about).  DRM Systems don’t work, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a reason for Microsoft to support or include a system in their OS.  The content is protected, when it will be cracked isn’t the issue.  The issue is enabling us to legally play the content on our PC’s.  That’s where Microsoft comes in.


 



  1. DRM is bad business for Microsoft

I agree that it’s not the best move in terms of changing the current thoughts of the content owners, but it is the right move to enable the consumer to play and purchase media in a digital form that can be played on their PC.  The average Windows consumer doesn’t understand why they have to purchase a DVD decoder to play a current DVD, how are they going to react when Microsoft says you can’t play an HD-DVD in your PC at all?


 



  1. DRM prevents fair-use

I agree.  As I have said before, most DRM/content protection does take away your fair use.  Microsoft is trying their best to enable you to use your media fairly by creating a system that will allow new legally ways to use the media that you have purchased.  As I have said before they can’t just say “&#%! You” to the content owners and enable you to do whatever you want with protected media (eg. they break it and allow you to use it as unprotected)


 


Many of you are trying to place Microsoft as the “DRM bad guy” when all they are trying to do is allow you to actually use the media you purchase!  If you want to lead the reform on DRM, more power to you!  That’s where the fight needs to be, at the root.  Microsoft is not the root here; they would have a much better business if they didn’t have to develop DRM systems to enable the users to play content.  The fact is that they do have to develop these systems if you want to play the content on your PC (and most of the market does)


 



  1. Piracy doesn’t impact sales

According to most of the studies that have been done, this is true and I would agree.  Piracy doesn’t impact sales to the point the content owners want us to think.


 



  1. Piracy doesn’t exist

A few people have claimed that piracy is just a big joke and is nothing to worry about.  While in point #4 I said that it doesn’t impact the majority of sales, illegal distribution is a problem.  You can find just about any album or movie to download illegal just by using Google.  Content owners should have the right to protect their content; it just needs to enable the people who purchase the media to use it fairly.

One thought on “Top Arguments To Microsoft and DRM (Really Just To DRM)

  1. Microsoft may not be the "DRM bad guy" but they should be doing a lot more to stand up for the consumer. As someone in another comment said, Microsoft’s DRM strategy assumes that if they don’t cow-tow to the studios, there will be no content available for the PC. Another comment said that such a situation seems unlikely given the sheer number of PCs.

    Yes, DRM is a bit of a balancing act. But Microsoft is willing to spend lots of money on lawyers. Let them spend some of that money on lawyers fighting the studios on behalf of consumers.

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