Windows Media DRM gets tighter
Windows Media Player 11 is going to:
- Take away your ability to back up your media files
- Take away your ability to move content from one PC to another (yes, even a legal one)
- Add DRM to any CDs you own and rip
- Not allow you to play media files of your own CDs unless you ask for permission
- Delete any TV recordings you make after three days
And, being the dominant OS, they will have this on every desktop in a couple of years. Of course, the content owner can be lenient and allow things to be done with the file - but they can also change their mind without a moment's notice and change what you can do with your music retroactively. Here's the rub: because the whole thing is based on licensing and contracts, they can change the rights in any way they want in any way they please. It's not a sale, remember?
Normally, I would not be too worried. Consumers would not buy from such a store that screws them so badly. But the thing is, copyright is a government-granted monopoly (in much the same way as alcohol in Finland), so there cannot be proper competition. Especially since there are relatively few media companies that control most of the field. They're not out to compete on quality and innovation - since they've already got the monopoly. And if the only way to get Britney is to bend over and lick your own balls in public, then hey, an amazing amount of people will turn out to be surprisingly supple.
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