DRM = Thieves ‘r’ Us

kinnon —  September 16, 2007 — 2 Comments

Ipodblkwreflection-2Terry Heaton links to a TechCrunch quote.

Mozilla Europe CEO Tristan Nitot:
“I don’t think DRM has a future. Treating your customers like thieves is bad business practice. Today the customer is not ‘king’, they are considered thief first….It is stupid to think that the key to a DRM system won’t leak. So if it becomes more painful for a legitimate customer to use a product than it is for the pirates then that’s a problem.”

Terry’s comment:

I love the pure simplicity of the concept expressed here. It’s the 30,000-foot view of all the noise about copyright, and it expresses the hopeless foolishness of all the legal maneuvering we’re reading about these days.

W810I-Front-4I’m listening to Jonny Lang on Imbi’s iPod (in the SoundDock) right now. Purchased the album from iTunes. It ticks me off that I can’t easily put these songs on my Sony Ericsson Walkman phone.

And the industry considers me a criminal when I get around the DRM to do it. What a great way to treat paying customers.

UPDATE: Please read Sonja’s take on this @ Calacirian.

[DRM: Digital Rights Management]



A television editor, writer & director since 1978. A Christian since 1982. More than a little frustrated with the Church in the West since late in the last millennium.

2 responses to DRM = Thieves ‘r’ Us

  1. Exactly … I want to know why, when I’ve purchased a song, I can’t put it on any computer in my house and listen to it. Or in a movie, to watch on … my computer for my family using my photographs. I’m such a thief …

  2. But such a gracious thief! 8-}


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