DRM is bad. No arguments. But, I don’t see Vista as the ‘Big’ culprit (Microsoft is evil alright ;)). Don’t you think the ‘content industry’ is to blame?
Comment by Attique — September 18, 2007 @ 11:59 am
Well, even though RIAA does deserve some blame, we all know that Microsoft could’ve gotten away without being the DRM-whore that they are without much hassle. A number of other companies have started offering DRM-free music and it’s not like they were sued by the content industry or something.
I don’t quite agree. I’ll take HDCP/HDMI as an example. Correct me if I’m wrong but from what I understand the OS, graphics card and display must all be HDCP compliant in order to display any HDCP content. Remove HDCP from OS and your OS cannot play any HD ‘premium’ content legally. It’s almost a requirement on OS to have HDCP functionality built into it like graphics cards and displays.
The point is, their content won’t reach the target audience without mutual agreement with the OS vendors. We know that Steve Jobs already dislikes DRM, so if Microsoft was *willing* to boycott those content-makers who insisted on DRM protection, the content-makers would’ve realized sooner or later that they can’t reach much audience without cooperation from big names. But then, chances of that happening were and are as slim as seeing world-peace ;-) .
I would say that is already happening to HD-DVD’s as the people who actually own HDCP compatible graphics cards are very few and most of them didn’t buy these cards to play HD-DVD’s. Somewhere I read (can’t give the link right now) that it’s almost intentional. The content producers don’t want ordinary PC users to be able to play premium content in the first place. Talk about paradox :)