DRM - A necessary evil

DRM - A necessary evil

Summary: Mike Evangelist's Writer Block Live blog has an interesting post about his disdain for Digital Rights Management (DRM) included in music purchased from the iTunes Music Store. In it he says that he's not going to "spend a another dime on content that I can’t use the way I please."

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Mike Evangelist's Writer Block Live has an interesting post about his disdain for the Digital Rights Management (DRM) included in music purchased from the iTunes Music Store. In it he says that he's not going to "spend a another dime on content that I can’t use the way I please."

I'm pretty miffed about DRM as well, but also understand that Apple is a business and that they had to offer DRM as an olive branch to the record labels otherwise they'd never have agreed to be a part of the iTMS—and then where would we be?

In addition to Mike's rant on DRM, you really should read the 189+ comments which pretty much span the entire DRM argument from the me-toos to a self-proclaimed "famous music artist" who says "i hope someone comes into your house and rapes your family."

All this hatred over DRM? Get over it. If you really want to get around Apple's DRM before the new iTunes 6-compatible version of JHymn comes out it's not that hard to burn a CD and re-rip it. And there's always the quasi-legal AllofMP3.com for the people that want to pay something, just not 99 cents per song.

At the end of the day, it's on your conscience. You know full well when you're stealing music. If you want to continue to enjoy music from your favorite artists in the future you need to support them, not steal from them.

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  • 2 second here

    DRM a necessary evil im sorry but no ....
    maybe for the music industry because yes the artist need the money cool . but im again very large compagny like sony and other that dont givr enough money to artist ....
    a few personal friend of mine are musician and they all say the same thing its more there record compagny that are ripping them .....

    artist should open paypal or other type of account
    so poeple should send them money that would be great ,,,

    DRM no way
    tf
    toxicfreak
  • A "necessary" evil? Riiiight.

    All DRM does is cause headaches for the entertainment industry's honest customers.

    DRM does nothing, NOTHING, to stop those who want to commit copyright infringement.
    Hallowed are the Ori
  • Prohibition didn't work either.

    You would think that we had learned from history instead of being doomed to repeat it. Can you say organized crime, granted crime would still have existed, but laws and constraints such as prohibition and now DRM (aka DRC, Digital rights control) expedite its evolution. Those that partook of the libation turned a blind eye to the source because it was more desirable then the alternative
    Trevor_G
  • everyday I see people selling music and videos on the street

    THAT is ripping of musicians and music labels, no one does anything to stop them. Until I don't see these people anymore I would have to say that not enough is being done with existing technology and enforcement to stop the problem. Applying a rootkit to my computer does little to convince me that the WHOLESALE rip off of artists won't continue.

    If I buy an album and want to listen to the artists work on whatever device, they should be happy that I like their stuff, not pissed that they haven't gotten me for every dime I have.

    I can't count the times that people have profited from my ideas, yet I get nothing for them. millionares whining just doesn't strike me as though there is a real problem. (they are millionares right?) they just have money to blow on lawyers to "get their fair share"
    pesky_z
  • What about the small guy?

    My son-in-law played in a fairly know punk rock band and is
    certainly not rich. If they came out with a new CD it would
    probably sell in the 30,000 to 40,000 range. If you look at
    bands like this AND those that are smaller then it's easy to see
    how much money they loose from people getting the CDs for
    free. DRM helps a bit - Apple's iTunes helps a lot more.

    As a consumer I have no problem with iTunes approach. You
    can burn a CD for backup and also burn your own mix from
    several CDs. It's a pretty fair way to go for most honest people,
    especially when compared to Sony.
    Ken_z
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