Comments on DRM saves the day...


This is such a big can of worms… I don’t even know where to start.

For one thing, the guys at Kotaku, who wrote that idiot piece about reselling, apparently never heard of the First Sale Doctrine. What’s that? Turns out, over a century ago book publishers wanted to prevent buyers from lending or reselling books, claiming the practice eats into their profits. There was a scandal that went all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States, which decided that while you may not own the contents of a book, you fully own the physical object and you may dispose of it as you wish, like with any other property. In Europe that was never an issue, as an author’s rights are moral in nature and not conflated with property rights in the first place. And that’s why we have used book shops and public libraries nowadays…

Unfortunately, as Lawrence Lessig pointed out in his book Code we live in a world where technology can overrule law. And you can see how many corporations unilaterally declare their users criminals without due process. Sometimes via automated mechanisms, such as when my phone refused to let me share a game I had developed with my own boss for testing purposes! How’s that for DRM gone bad?

-- Felix 2017-09-26 07:49 UTC

I enjoyed this article. I would like to add that in today’s world we (and more importantly the publishers) tend to forget that access to the Internet is not a given. I want to play my games when I’m in vacation in places without access – in the country, abroad, etc.

Also, while Steam provides benefits along with its DRM solution, some publishers started added EXTRA control software in ADDITION to Steam. I find this unacceptable and I’m personally boycotting those publishers. Buyer beware! Always check the details when buying!

-- adder 2017-09-26 07:50 UTC