I’m not trying to be rude, but DRM will never stop pirates. That’s because all DRM systems are breakable and that’s because they have to be breakable. If they weren’t breakable you couldn’t use them! If your DVD player couldn’t break the DRM on your DVDs to get the movie then your DVD player wouldn’t be much good would it? Everything would look scrambled. Since they’re breakable the pirates will always have a clean source without DRM.
Pirates aren’t why DRM was created though. That’s just a myth. Think about it. Imagine that you buy a CD and it has DRM protections, but your friend downloads it DRM free. How did having DRM on your copy stop your friend from downloading it? Well, it didn’t stop piracy at all did it?
DRM is not about pirates. Pirates weren’t going to pay anyway. It’s really to get customers to re-buy the same product over and over and over. Kill the servers and everyone has to re-buy all their music. From who? Probably another company that will eventually also kill their servers. Re-buy, Re-buy, Re-buy.
I’ll use Microsoft as an example. Windows Vista is a perfect example of DRM gone gay. It locks itself to my motherboard so I can’t resell my copy when I’m done with it. If my motherboard fries and I have to get a new one, I have to buy a new copy of Windows Vista too! Well I’m supposed to anyway. I’d probably just pirate it.
However, I’ve already paid for one copy! So, why would they do this? Well, they say it’s to stop the pirates. Really? The pirates already have another version of Vista where the DRM has been hacked. It’s all over the sharing networks. My friend just installed it like two days ago. His stolen copy has the DRM turned off basically. The copy I paid for doesn’t. Does that seem fair?
So, what if we asked Microsoft to disable the DRM now that we know it doesn’t work? Why have it if it doesn’t work right? Well, Microsoft will just lie to your face and say it does work! They’ll list off some fake statistics about how the piracy numbers are down as I watch my friend’s stolen Vista display his screen saver. Yes, it stops those pirates right in their tracks! If people aren’t downloading it it’s because they don’t want it, not because they can’t get it.
Crazy huh? But Microsoft isn’t dumb. They know what they’re doing. DRM is just to cause people like me, who they know have money because I already bought my first copy and don’t want to be a pirate, to possibly have to buy it again at some point in the future. That’s all it is. It’s content and software that’s purposely designed to stop working. How can that ever be a good thing?