December 02, 2005 | Suw Charman Anderson

APIG DRM Inquiry: Unintended consequences

Point 7: Can DRM systems can have unintended consequences on computer functionality? What are your experiences of DRM? What unintended consequences have you personally experienced?

Comments (5)

  1. John Nilsson:
    Dec 05, 2005 at 04:49 AM

    Personal experience for me is limited to a game i bought that wouldn't work with cedega (a windows "emulation" layer for games) because the game copy protection couldn't detect the cd.

  2. kenkil:
    Dec 05, 2005 at 09:24 PM

    I own several DVDs and would prefer to be able to view them on my Linux system. (Well, I can- but I must circumvent their DRM to do so. The players I use do this transparently, but it's no less a circumvention).

    I have downloaded reports in PDF form and been unable to print them, due to DRM in Adobe Acrobat. (It was an OECD Report on telecommunications usage around the world if memory serves).

    DRM systems are not yet that widely deployed. As they are developed and become easier to use they will cause more widespread difficulty.

  3. Peter Clay:
    Dec 08, 2005 at 06:50 PM

    The Sony rootkit?

    Friend of mine had trouble with a special HD-DVD ("Step into Liquid") that was in fact a Windows Media file that used DRM to prevent it being played unless you were connected to the internet on an IP address that appeared to be in the US (where it was bought in an airport). Took us absolutely ages to break it simply so it could be played at all.

  4. Suw Charman:
    Dec 19, 2005 at 12:18 PM

    Whilst you can continue discussing this post, any comments posted after this one will not be included in the ORG public consultation paper.

  5. Kevin Marks:
    Dec 21, 2005 at 12:43 PM

    They can be huge. DRM systems inevitably lead to a power grab by publishers to take control of our computers - the Sony DRM debacle illustrates this clearly. As DRM is inherently ineffective, lobbying leads to an effort to repeal by fiat the underlying mathematical laws that govern computers, and the demand for draconian powers over others' computers grows. Any interference by DRM systems with computer owners' ability to listen to, create, edit and publish media should continue to be illegal, and criminal prosecutions under the Computer Misuse Act should be initiated against Sony/BMG and First4Internet for their assault on our computers.