Why DRM doesn't work

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by robeddie, Mar 2, 2010.

  1. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
  2. arogge macrumors 65816


    Feb 15, 2002
    DRM is really stupid. The only people it stops are the legitimate customers. The crooks always have a way around it.

    I got locked out of Adobe Photoshop recently because the stupid license key software wasn't working for some unknown reason. Suddenly, all of the Adobe software locked up and I got a message telling me that I was unauthorized to use any Adobe software. Companies that force customers to use DRM should have to pay compensation when their software locks out a customer and causes loss of job time, and these companies should also pay for other associated costs of correcting the problem, including the cost of the IT support on the customer's end and the value of any data lost during the associated lockout.
  3. robeddie thread starter Suspended


    Jul 21, 2003
    That's kinda lame, after all - it still relates. Mac or Windows, the problems with DRM are universal.
  4. Mcgargle macrumors member

    Feb 25, 2010
    The cartoon is great. The title is dumb. They're not illustrating with DRM doesn't work; they're illustrating why terrible implementations of DRM don't work.

    Speaking personally, I'm what you'd call a steady, low-volume consumer of iTunes content. I maybe bought four or five TV episodes from iTunes last year (stuff I wanted specifically to watch in HD but missed when it aired), and I probably rented one movie every six or eight weeks. Not a lot, just a bit here and there.

    All of that stuff is loaded down with DRM, but I never even noticed. I hit the "buy" button on my Mac or my Apple TV, then I watch. In the case of rentals, the files are automatically deleted after I'm done with them. I don't even need to clean up.

    For that specific model, DRM works perfectly. Getting the shows and movies I wanted was faster, easier and more reliable than piracy, by a very wide margin.

    It's simply not true that DRM doesn't work. It's more fair to say that it's apparently a very tricky thing to implement well. Most implementations seem to royally stink.

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