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Rename DRM. Idiots.

You can call DRM Digial Consumer Enablement, as an HBO Executive wants to do, or you can call it sunshine on a stick. The problem isn’t what it’s called, the problem is what DRM actually does: Digitally Restricts Media. Given my experience with a PDF book I bought–that had DRM on it–I will never ever knowingly buy a piece of digital content that is laden with DRM. I would make two exceptions to the no-DRM rule:

  1. Audio content from iTunes, mostly because it can be easily circumvented and, in some cases, later upgraded to a higher-quality DRM-free version for a nominal charge.

  2. DRM content that does not cost me any money. If someone wants to DRM a piece of free content, fine with me.


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