Making DRM less painful

I was reading about the Sony PSP which can now emulate PS1 games. Apparently, after you buy and download a PS1 game from their store via your… PS3, you are then allowed to copy it 5 times from your PS3 to your PSP. I think that something like this can work for movies and music too.

You see, my biggest gripe with DVD and DRM’ed movies (except region-locking) is that you are not allowed to transfer them from device to device. I believe that most people would be happy if there was a single DRM format (as I have many times advocated) and that it allows each movie to be copied unlimited times to 3 devices only. For example, a BluRay/HD-DVD/DVD disk can be played on its expected hardware player connected to a TV, once on a laptop or PC and once on a mobile device (PMP or phone). Then, the user can also buy additional “copies”, if for example he/she requires an additional copy for his/her child’s PMP, for a small amount of money.

I believe that such a thing would work well, because it doesn’t legally limit users from ripping their disks and what not. But on the other hand, it requires to “lock” a physical disk or ripped data to specific devices, it requires an internet connection to allow a disk to lock/unlock and register its existence with a main server at MPAA’s site, and you will have to kiss your privacy bye-bye as RIAA/MPAA will know exactly what kind of devices you have at home (not that this is such a big secret, but hey).

Then again, this is how DivX and their Certification Program works for 3 years now. It hasn’t created major problems, so I don’t think that consumers will get too unhappy about this if MPAA starts such a program. But the fact that currently they ask you money for the same movie each time you need it in a different format, is preposterous.

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mikesum32 wrote on December 8th, 2006 at 3:36 AM PST:

I will watch movies where I want.

the street
the mall

Persecute me at your own peril.

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Eugenia wrote on December 8th, 2006 at 4:10 AM PST:

Nobody said anything about not watching it WHERE you want, but they can put restriction on WHICH device to do so.

mikesum32 wrote on December 8th, 2006 at 5:35 AM PST:

I take you haven’t seen that text same before only with “pray” substituted for “watch movies” ?

Denying me my fair use rights by telling me which device I can watch a movie on is even worse.

I will fight tooth and nail and watch what I paid for on whichever device I see fit.

How about no drm ? How many time do I have to pay for the same movie ? How many times do I have to pay for the same song ?

I’m sure the RIAA would have no problems with me buying the vinyl record, the 8 track tape, the regular tape, the cd, the SACD, dvd audio, the VHS music video, the dvd music video, the itunes download, the wal-mart download and the ringtone.

Somehow they’re the victim.

“I’m mad as hell and not going to take it anymore !”

I’m going to the pawn shop for the some of my cd purchases, and ebay for the most of the rest and maybe a few from retail stores.

I’m going to purchase it once and rip it, as is my right to do. I’ll listen at work, in the car, when I’m exercising, and at home.

Fair use will have to be pried from my cold dead hands.

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