Note to conent owners: DRM doesn’t work

Mark Shuttleworth, the big $$$ backer behind Ubuntu, lays the smack down on folks who are happy about DRM and proves methodically why it doesn’t. I won’t lift the whole thing here, but I want you to read the first two paragraphs:

There are some ideas that are broken, but attractive enough to some people that they are doomed to be tried again and again.

DRM is one of them.

I was thrilled to see recently that the processing key for *all* HD discs produced to date has been discovered and published. I expect this to lead to the complete unraveling of the Blu-Ray and HD-DVD content protection schemes before even 1% of the potential market for those players has been reached. Good news indeed, because it may inspire the people who setup such schemes to reconsider.

We’ve been here before. The DVD-CSS encryption system was cracked very quickly – stylishly and legally so. Content owners – Hollywood Inc – were outraged and pursued anybody who even referred to the free software which could perform the trivial decryption process. They used the DMCA as a way to extend the laws of copyright well beyond their original intent. They behaved like a deer in the headlights – blinded by the perceived oncoming doom of a world where their content flows quickly and efficiently, unable to see potential routes to safety while those headlights approach. Their market was changing, facing new opportunities and new threats, and they wanted to slow down the pace of change.

Content owners think that DRM can slow down the natural evolution of a marketplace.

The rest is every bit as good, and if you have even the slightest interest in digital media, I highly recommend you head over to his blog and read it.

[tags]mark shuttleworth, drm[/tags]