FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle
DRM has never been much of an obstacle for pirates. All it does is hurt honest consumers, preventing them from truly owning the media they purchase. If anything, it causes more people to pirate software and media out of spite or sheer frustration. I've been there. I've been burned by DRM before, and have opted not to purchase DRM-protected media since. It's a whipping boy situation. Punish the innocent to deter the guilty. The innocent suffers and the guilty laughs it off and continues their dirty deeds. There are always going to be pirates. Treat honest consumers like pirates, and they will become pirates. Treat them like honest consumers, and you won't lose them. You may even gain new ones.