Friday, March 05, 2010
From Cory Doctorow:
DRM has no connection with preventing piracy. Pirates download the DRM-cracked versions. DRM on music is there to reduce the rights that you get in copyright -- the right to play your music on a competitor's device, the right to sell or give away your music, and so on. These rights are enshrined in law, but DRM is a loophole to copyright law, since breaking DRM is prohibited even for people who are making otherwise lawful uses.
The reason people break DRM is that is makes unreasonable, unilateral incursions on your property rights: your right to lawfully enjoy the products you purchase, in lawful ways. The reason I celebrate breaks to DRM is that they show:
1. That the technical hypothesis that DRM will prevent piracy is ridiculous
2. That the public has the capacity to reassert its rights under law and practice and restore the reasonable social contract between creators and audiences