[mythtv-users] Another step towards what I'd predicted
brian.phillips at gmx.net
Sat Jan 5 15:23:23 UTC 2008
>It seems Sony BMG has decided to abandon DRM. EMI did the
>same thing about 8 weeks ago. Several companies have withdrawn
>from the RIAA recently as well. Multiple DRM free download
>sites now exist legally.
>What we are seeing is the natural consequence of companies
>attempting to infringe on the right of the consumer to take
>their media anywhere they want, when they want, without having
>to pay again for what they already own. The RIAA and MPAA can
>litigate, and governments can legislate, but in the end market
>pressures rule the day.
I find it interesting that it's effectively DRM killing DRM.
The market was free. Each player invented their business model and let the
consumer decide. DRM only made the situation a winner-take-all by not
allowing the business models to work with each other, and the stakes were
higher. Now we see the losing players want to change the rules mid-game to
It's sad that we (consumers) have to wait for money-grubbers to lose out
before we can be given the rights to retain and use what we pay for, but at
least decency prevails. All's well that ends well? Maybe.
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