Sun's Bray joins the inDRMpendence chorus

Sun's Bray joins the inDRMpendence chorus

Summary: In his blog, Sun director of Web technologies Tim Bray has spotlighted my Just say no to DRM series on inDRMpendence.  In that blog, Bray offers an alternative meaning for the DRM acronym to the one I've been using (Digital Restrictions Management).

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In his blog, Sun director of Web technologies Tim Bray has spotlighted my Just say no to DRM series on inDRMpendence.  In that blog, Bray offers an alternative meaning for the DRM acronym to the one I've been using (Digital Restrictions Management).  Bray suggests Damnable Rights-removal Mischief.  That is, after all, what DRM does. It strips you of your fair use rights to the content you're buying.  Speaking of "fair," perhaps we should come up with new names for the two leading (and incompatible) DRM technologies -- Apple's FairPlay and Microsoft's PlaysForSure.  Given the way they work today, they really should be called "UnfairPlay" and "PlaysforSuren't."  DRM is neither fair nor does it allow your content to play for sure on any device.

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  • PlaysForSteve

    Face it, Ballmer heads the only organization PFS was intended to benefit.
    Yagotta B. Kidding
    • Re: PlaysForSteve

      I'm still wiping off the tears in my eyes, due to the laughing episode your post gave me... Good one!
      thetargos
  • Sure Won't Play/Digital Rip-Off Mechanism

    I think the Register called it Surely Won't Play http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/09/09/hmv_makes_drm_easy/

    Digital Rip-Off Mechanism becuase you have to pay twice. Anyway it is pretty bad that the BSA Europe of all groups is requesting that the Levie collected on hardware and media be scrapped in Europe becuase the consumer is paying multiple times for copies of the media -

    "But surely the BSA has not thought this one through. If Europeans are all paying for unpoliceable private copying already, why do we need DRM?"

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/10/13/bsa_drm_music/

    Europe, Canada, and the United States (For Music through the AHRA) all have hardware and media royalties/levies that the consumer already paid for consumer copies of copyrighted works. Why do you think Consumer Protection Groups are so up in arms over this!

    That is why the French court that banned DRM, becuase the consumer couldn't make copies they paid for, was the most sensible thing to date.
    Ed_Meyers