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DRM Love!

Yes, I love DRM. I really do, I have been a hypocrite for years now and I have silently, in the closet, been supporting DRM.

OK, I am just kidding, don’t beat me up for that one ๐Ÿ™‚

Last week everyone seen and heard the joy in the community when not only Steve Jobs, but also Bill Gates renounced DRM. Someone on IRC said they always knew Bill had some sense. Well, Bill Gates, one of the amazing co-founders of the ever-so-lovable Microsoft has been toasted. His very own company turns him around and stabs him in the back, or was Bill lying out of his teeth? Microsoft has just launched “ReadyPlay.” ReadyPlay is their brand new DRM system. For a small fee, so they say, you can watch copyrighted material with Windows Media Player. OK, I am sick of talking about it, here read it, it is nuts.

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  • Fredo

    What about rumours that Linspire uses DRM-like techniques in their CNR-Warehouse? Wouldn’t Ubuntu open its doors for DRM, too? I don’t think that DRM for protecting music or films is worse than using DRM to protect commercial software…

  • It doesn’t matter the distro actually as all of them are subject to, or have open doors that will allow it. It is up to the user to decide. If the CNR stuff does in fact offer DRM applications, then I will do my job to refute it as I am sure many others will do the same. However, CNR doesn’t open the door anymore than the Internet does and I believe that with CNR it will also be up to the user to install the system. I am not 100% on this just yet, but I am keeping a close eye on it.

    As for DRM, no matter what it is protecting it is bad. DRM restricts my rights as a consumer/end user by not allowing me to duplicate items I have legally purchased as a backup copy or such. No matter which way you look at it, your rights are being restricted. If a user chooses to have his/her rights restricted, then that is on them, and I will do my best trying to support the free software philosophy and not pushing it on to others, but informing them of their rights and how they are being restricted and what they can do about it.

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