Friday Night Topic: DRM's demise

— 8:11 PM on February 16, 2007

Digital Rights Management has been in the news a lot over the last couple of weeks, and it looks like at least some copyright holders may be willing to make content available free of DRM restrictions. While it seems unlikely that the commercial availability of DRM-free content will lead to more piracy—copy protection certainly hasn't restricted what you can get with little more than bandwidth and a BitTorrent client—I have to wonder if removing DRM restrictions will actually increase the popularity of legitimate digital distribution schemes. Would the abolishment of DRM restrictions alone make you switch to purchasing music and even movies online, or would other considerations hold you back?


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