Cory Doctorow (EFF) adds his opinion, and thinks PVP-OPM limits what you can do with your music and movies. As usual, Cory is looking at this from the fact that DRM doesn’t work and is not needed (He’s generally right about that). Microsoft, on the hand is looking at it the smart way from a business standpoint.
People don’t want to be limited on what they can do with their media, and without PVP-OPM in Vista, they don’t get to play the media at all! How’s that for a limit, Cory? Playing the media needs a system that fits what the copy protection system deemed secure, without it, the media can’t be played. We just saw that Media Center PC’s have accounted for 43% of all desktop PC sales since July 9th, 2005. As soon as Intel launches their Viiv-based PC’s, this number will jump even more. When people buy a PC they want to be able to play what they have purchased. This includes next-gen DVD’s like Blu-Ray and HD-DVD, along with capturing current content from something like a CableCARD. None of which can happen without PVP-OPM. Too bad Viiv-based PC’s will not be able to do this upon launch.
Other people keep telling me Vista will drive them to Linux and other “open” OS’s, it’s going to suck when they can’t play the content they have purchased and they can’t capture the content they might already pay for!