Friday, April 08, 2005

Are DRM and social media inherently at odds?

The socialsoftwareweblog asks this interesting question today.

His point is, that locking up content with ever-more complex DRM protection schemes works directly against sharing and distributing ones own created content just as effectively as it prevents piracy of content prepared by broadcast media outlets.

This is a pretty interesting point he's got there.
Let's think about this for a moment. We have media from big companies, secured with DRM. We've got computers, and they want to make sure, we only play legally purchased media. What will they probably do? Only allow media with DRM to be played.
But what About my own created videos? Won't they be played?

As far as I see it, there is only one solution:
Give some tools to the people, which allow them to secure their own media with DRM. But then all doors are open to copying again and nothing is achieved...

Let me put it this way. If the users are supposed to be able to create own media content on their PC's, then anybody can copy anything.

Meaning what? I don't know, what are your two cents?


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