Headline says: "MICROSOFT'S EBOOK APOCALYPSE SHOWS THE DARK SIDE OF DRM"
The real truth is: THERE IS NO BRIGHT SIDE
@petra none more black
@rafial How is the tech press shocked by this?
TWO THOUSAND NINE
@rafial This can't be overstated.
DRM has ZERO benefit for the consumer. It it is 100% for the benefit of the megacorps and is often hostile to normal use-cases of the buyer, such as in this case where a buyer wants it to, you know, exist.
@sandrockcstm word. I am always struck by the difference between, say, VLC, which is written with the primary goal of _playing media_, and every commercial video playing software ever, which is written with the primary goal of _don't ever accidently let you see a thing you can't prove you paid for_, and only as a far distant side effect, maybe, _play media_.
DRM (initialism for “Digital Rights Management”) — noun — closed-source black box code that acts as the digital equivalent of an ankle bracelet tracking device for paying customers but does nothing to prevent copyright infringement carried out by non-paying customers; a stupid fucking idea
🎶property, turning saints into the sea, swimming through sick lullabies, choking on your alibis🎶
BURN DOWN IP LAW
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