Your views on DRM?

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Your views on DRM?

namelesschaos namelesschaos
Simple question what are you views on DRM?

I'm going to link to this article on Forbes. link

and add this it has only been over the past year that I have been able to play video games after not doing so for years. I've been locked out of games I legally payed for, for days at time, due to errors on the companies' end. It is amazing tome that if your not ok with not being able play the product you payed for because someone else computers screw up your now considered "entailed". I shouldn't have to worry about the stability of your authentication servers when I play a game. The biggest irony being the more I pay (i.e. DLC) the more likely it is a screw-up will happen.

So your views (my example are games but I'm asking generally about DRM in any form).
05/21/2012
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Originally posted by namelesschaos
Simple question what are you views on DRM?

I'm going to link to this article on Forbes. link

and add this it has only been over the past year that I have been able to play video games after not doing so for years. I've been ...
I hate DRM.

I've always felt that the only users negatively affected by DRM are the people who actually pay for the content.

Let me give a few examples: in one case "support" for a product ended after a few years (<5), so I couldn't transfer it to my new computer because there was no way to "authenticate" registration.

In another instance, I was not allowed to activate software I paid $150 for, because I exceeded my three installations. As I explained to the customer service agent, two of the installations were on computers that DIED and could no longer be used. I was told I should have uninstalled the software from the other computers so I could activate it on my new computer. Yes, because I PLANNED to have both computers DIE.

Then there was the imported music CDs. For a few years, discs I purchased from overseas had CCCD which made them impossible to rip to my mp3 player, and usually caused problems with my computer. Meanwhile, all the tracks were available on torrent sites because pirates had no problems getting around the "protection."

I won't deny that piracy is an issue, but punishing those who actually support your product is idiotic. My condolences to everyone who was online at midnight to buy Diablo III.
05/21/2012
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