Copyright or copywrong?

, posted: 23-Sep-2006 07:44

DRM.....the new swear word...
Don't get me wrong, I support the basic principle that people should be rewarded for their efforts but I believe the collateral damage being caused by the draconian measures being taken to prevent illegal copying will backfire once the consumers realise what is going on. I think that the reason the DRM measures have got as far as they have, is simply because only a relatively small number of consumers actually understand the ramifications.
Let me give you an example....I decided to join Digirama to see how simple it was going to be to down load music onto my NEO. (a media centre on steroids) I browsed their catalog, selected some tracks (which I thought were expensive by the way) and then attempted to complete the transaction.
Oh no, say Digirama. Your browser/media player/firewall or something is not at the requisite revision so we can't serve you. After an exchange of email where they explain that their arrangements with the distributors prohibit them supplying to the peasants with older technology. But, I say, my revisions are at the appropriate level and anyway I don't want to play the music on my office PC, but on my entertainment system. Hah replies Digirama, our contract with you is to supply for your target machine ONLY. But, (and here's the rub) you can burn a CD and transfer to your media centre that way.
So hang on, let me get this right....we the consumers have to put up with all these bariers to use in order to protect the artist and yet once we have the files on our target PC, we can then burn a CD and move them?
Correct, they say.
Well please forgive my monumental stupidity, but I still don't get IT. All manner of barriers to entry to protect the artist, and at the end of the day we can create a new CD carry on our nefarious activities as usual?
By now I was totally frustrated at the complexity and apparent stupidity so cancelled the order, signed up with a file share operation and now enjoy the relative ease of finding a track I like, pulling it down to my office PC and then pushing it over to my NEO for all to enjoy.

So I believe that the music industry is driving customers away, rather than protecting their copyright. If they made the music easy to get, and priced reasonably (say 50 cents) then they would maintain their revenues by increased volume of sales. If it was easy and "cheap" why would you bother going to the effort of joining a file share operation. (Yeah, I know some will just because you can. It is something akin to "raiding the orchard" like we did when kids....somehow the apples just tasted better)

To the music industry this message...I want to ba able to access your product easily and pay a fair price. If you deny me either of these two items, I will be encouraged to seek other means of gratification just like millions of others. What part of this message do you not understand?

TTFN



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Comment by alasta, on 23-Sep-2006 08:27

Well said. Unfortunately burning and re-ripping, or using an audio wave capturing application, is not really a practical way to format shift because it causes such a degradation in audio quality. A lot of people will still do it anyway, though, which makes a mockery of the recording industry's attempts to protect their material.

In short, they've lost the plot.


Comment by paradoxsm, on 23-Sep-2006 10:53

DRM sux and it's not just that it's locked up rubbish.



the quality of the actual sound is TERRIBLE!



I buy a cd from a discount retailer or real groovy.... pure uncompressed quality...



If you search around the net, you will find plenty of excellent quality music that also sounds great without being hyper proceeded muck.! take a look, you will be surprised by the smaller artists out there...


Comment by Old Grey Geek, on 23-Sep-2006 12:00

I had a similar problem with Digirama in that I paid for and downloaded Bob Dylan's new release only to find that I could not play it without downloading Microsoft's new "security" update. I sent a stinky email off to DMD, Digirama's Owner. and was told that "You are the first customer in our history to raise this as an issue. You will face the same issue with every other download store that sells copy-protected music from the major record labels."

Despite their "small print" saying no refunds given they refunded my $16.95.

The whole process was so frustrating that I, for one, will not be using any such service in the near future. I totally agree with you in that the record companies are cutting their own throats.


Comment by Old Grey Geek, on 23-Sep-2006 14:16

I had a similar problem with Digirama in that I paid for and downloaded Bob Dylan's new release only to find that I could not play it without downloading Microsoft's new "security" update. I sent a stinky email off to DMD, Digirama's Owner. and was told that "You are the first customer in our history to raise this as an issue. You will face the same issue with every other download store that sells copy-protected music from the major record labels."

Despite their "small print" saying no refunds given they refunded my $16.95.

The whole process was so frustrating that I, for one, will not be using any such service in the near future. I totally agree with you in that the record companies are cutting their own throats.


Comment by Cal Jennings, on 24-Sep-2006 02:01

I have nothing against people copying my music, but I would have something against someone making money off of my music without sending me some of it. Since I haven't "made it big" yet, and since I've been disabled since 1989, I wouldn't appreciate some big time operator keeping all the money off of my original music or arrangements. Just about everyone has traded songs with others, so I don't have a problem with that, but I do hope that once I get some recordings made SOMEONE will buy a few of them. lol



Love, Hope, Peace, & Christ Be With You,



Cal-el & Swissy


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