[mythtv-users] Another step towards what I'd predicted

Brian Phillips 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 Several companies have withdrawn 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
their favor.

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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