DRM Trainwrecks

The DRM Trainwrecks are stacking up, as noted in David Berlind’s Abundance of DRM Trainwrecks at ZDNet Blogs.

Abundance of DRM trainwrecks make them worth tracking. You can help.

Speaking of lists worth keeping, I’m going to start collecting examples of real-world DRM trainwrecks in hopes of better making the point that most people don’t realize how much they’re giving up when they consciously or sub-consciously use solutions that depend on it. I get a lot of email that accuses me of being a Chicken Little that overblows the situation by saying the sky is falling. Well, the sky is falling and if those folks want to live in denial, that’s their problem. So, to put a real face on the problem, I’m turning to the blogosphere to help me build the list and to del.icio.us to store it. There’s a real opportunity here for the community to work together for the benefit of end-users as well as for the Internet which could end up stove-piped if the world continues down the DRM path that it’s on.

So far, I’ve reported on a handful of trainwrecks here on ZDNet. For most people, the biggest of these is probably the Sony BMG CD rootkit fiasco. What started as one trainwreck snowballed into others as the initial remedies introduced even more problems. Perhaps more interesting though are the trainwrecks where the fallibility of DRM technology or post-agreement switcheroos (enforced through DRM) left users with a really bad taste in their mouths.

For anyone who either may not have a web presence, and/or if you do not care to work directly with del.icio.us, you can still let folks know about your DRM Trainwreck. For this reason I have created this posting on BambisMusings.

You only need to register on Bambi’s Musings, and then post your Comment with your DRM Trainwreck in the comment section of this posting.

This posting is listed on my Bambi’s Musings del.icio.us bookmarklets here: http://del.icio.us/BambisMusings which also will be linked to David Berlind’s DRMTrainwrecks del.icio.us bookmarklet page.

Hope this helps!

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Comments on: "DRM Trainwrecks" (2)

  1. LilBambi; great idea. You’ve seen my comment on this subject at Scot’s forum but let me add it here so others see it.

    My daughter was recently given a legal version of Activision’s The Movies PC game and was quite reasonably disappointed when it would not install on her PC. It wouldn’t install on mine either. The reason – “Notice: This game contains technology (sic) intended to prevent copying that may conflict with some disc and virtual drives.” Very small print at the bottom of the back of the box. Nowhere does it identify the makes; apparently our Plextor – common brand – are one of the makes.

    I can appreciate the desire of Activision to protect their intellectual rights but this model is flawed. There is no way that I can know that my Plextor drives offend their software. Their Tech Support acknowledges that this is the issue. They do not provide a patch that enables their software to run on Plextor drives.

    If I now spend 2 or 3 times the cost of the game (it was a gift) replacing the drive with, maybe, a Toshiba drive, how am I to know if the next game from some other maker will decline to run on that drive?

    We have games from Microsoft, EAGames, Ubisoft, NovaLogic, everybody around this house – no issues like this. I fail to understand how Activision think they will win this fight; buying a legal copy of their software in good faith and finding it will not run on a legit XP system with recent (updated firmware) hardware is a sure path to consumer backlash.

  2. You are very welcome hkspike!

    And thank you for taking the time to post about this. I hope others who have experienced DRM Trainwrecks will also do so.

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