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Consumers more likely to pirate than buy media with DRM

Posted at 09 September 2010 04:00 CEST by wconeybeer

Has the implementation of Digital Rights Management (DRM) actually encouraged more people to illegally download cracked copies of movies or games instead of purchasing legitimate copies?

The answer appears to be an overwhelming, “Yes!” according to a recent MyCE poll that posed the question to our readers.

Two-thirds of the 386 respondents stated that they would rather pirate a copy of a game or movie rather than deal with the hassles of DRM. The remaining one-third of respondents were split between a decisive “No” response and eleven percent of total votes for those who are not concerned whether DRM is involved in their purchase.

While DRM is meant to protect creative works from copyright infringement issues, it often only ends up causing a great deal of inconvenience for those who have paid their hard-earned money towards the purchase of a legitimate copy of the media.

Here are just a few examples of the issues surrounding DRM:

  • EA’s Command & Conquer 4 employed a DRM scheme which required players to maintain a constant connection to the internet, which caused widespread playability issues. Ubisoft’s Assassins Creed II had the same problems.
  • GSC Game World’s S.TA.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky and Egosoft’s X3: Terran Conflict suffered from sales losses due to reports of customers having trouble connecting to the games’ activation servers to validate their purchase, rendering the games unplayable.
  • DVD DRM has proved to be especially challenging for libraries, archivists, and educational experts who cannot extract clips from media without bypassing the DRM, which is illegal in several countries.
  • New Blu-ray DRM protections included on new movies often causes playback issues with some players, leaving customers hanging out to dry until the manufacturer of the player issues a firmware update.

This just a very small sample of the ways that DRM is preventing people from using the products they own. And it’s not just games and movies that are affected. Every type of digital content including music, software applications, and electronic books are affected.

When you consider these cases, is it any wonder that people choose to download cracked media on P2P servers instead of paying money for nothing but frustration?

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There are 11 comments

debro
Blown to smitherines
Posted on: 09 Sep 10 04:57
    ROTFLMAO.

    Given that most people on this forum are technically literate and are aware that DRM is problematic, I question the validity of the results.

    I don't question the the point though. DRM only annoys paying customers, and possibly delay pirate versions by a matter of days, if at all.

    Nearly all the games mentioned arrived on torrent sites days/weeks, even months before you could lay your hands on a physical copy in Australia, it's especially a case with Bluray rips - They arrive months before the physical blurays can be purchased in Oz.

    I'm still waiting for resident evil (1) to become available in Oz .... 8 months after I bought (2) & (3)
    wizardB
    New Member
    Posted on: 14 Sep 10 15:28
      Want to stop this kind of crap its really very easy everyone stop buying and renting movies and music for a couple of month I mean everyone and then lets see how the idiots feel with zero income!!Lets not buy any electronics or media for the entire month of November spread the word!!
      debro
      Blown to smitherines
      Posted on: 14 Sep 10 15:39
        Make it October, and I'm there

        And to add insult to injury, everyone stock up on Blank Media at the same time
        **BAM** World recession is over
        Kerry56
        Administrator
        Posted on: 14 Sep 10 15:42
          @wizardB
          Stop posting the same message across subforums. It is called crossposting and is against forum rules.
          coolcolors
          MyCE Resident
          Posted on: 14 Sep 10 15:58
            Quote:
            Originally Posted by wconeybeer
            This is the result of the studios going after GREED rather then making the media and games more end-user friendly as well as making it so expensive it defeats the purpose of buying and using the media. The Studios will always loose until they get their heads out of the sands and take note that what they are doing only benefits the pirate or p2p sites. The studios can rant and rant but until they face the reality that they themselves are the cause of the problem will it go away or will they face it and fix the problem. Legit users go to p2p sites cause the are frustrated because I buy it why am I being giving frustration to just use the software or do what I want to do with it for my own personal purpose?? Since the studios refuses to fix my last questions the pirate and p2p site will continue to long exist and thrive and expand...so that is the Studios legacy...to come...
            wizardB
            New Member
            Posted on: 14 Sep 10 16:16
              Quote:
              Originally Posted by Kerry56
              @wizardB
              Stop posting the same message across subforums. It is called crossposting and is against forum rules.
              Kerry
              I'm posting this to hundreds of sites its time to hit the mafariaa where they live and ignoring a few site rules is fine by me if it gets the message out before ACTA becomes a fact of our lives!!
              Kerry56
              Administrator
              Posted on: 14 Sep 10 16:20
                @wizardB
                If you ignore this site's rules, you will no longer be posting here. This wasn't a request, but a warning.
                wizardB
                New Member
                Posted on: 14 Sep 10 23:34
                  Quote:
                  Originally Posted by Kerry56
                  @wizardB
                  If you ignore this site's rules, you will no longer be posting here. This wasn't a request, but a warning.
                  How about you just remove me from your site I have no further interest in posting or reading your cark good bye all you'll find me on sites that believe in free speech!
                  Seán
                  Senior Administrator & Reviewer
                  Posted on: 15 Sep 10 00:23
                    So what's the problem with Doomed Restrictions Management?
                    • DRM only affects paying customers.

                    How come?
                    • Well, the pirated version does not have DRM!

                    Simple.


                    Anyone remember this thread?
                    debro
                    Blown to smitherines
                    Posted on: 15 Sep 10 01:03
                      Quote:
                      Originally Posted by wizardB
                      How about you just remove me from your site I have no further interest in posting or reading your cark good bye all you'll find me on sites that believe in free speech!
                      Cross-Posting is a rule, because cross-posting is annoying, and can can become confusing if it's a technical problem, and multiple members are responding to the same post, but in different places.

                      I tell my missus to give it up, when harping the same lines over and over. Why would online to a random fool be any different?

                      Suggesting that being warned for cross-posting is somehow an affront to freedom to speech could be compared to if you keep sticking your head in a gas oven and lighting it , and we'll turn the gas off, is infringing your personal liberties.

                      Grow up child. Or at least get a clue, fool.
                      samlar
                      MyCE Resident
                      Posted on: 15 Sep 10 22:20
                        go debro

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