osewalrus (osewalrus) wrote,

Link Harvest: Does DRM Encourage Crime? The case of Spore.

This is not a moral question so much as a practical one: is the quest for enhanced DRM (digital rights management) ultimately self-defeating? Every market trend has pointed in the direction of abandoning DRM as an expensive, customer-alienating, self-defeating strategy.

Now comes this bit of evidence that the enhanced DRM on the video game Spore has contributed to its being the most widely-pirated and illegally distributed game ever. As a believer in economic rationality, I am hopeful that content companies gradually come to see the light. But as an equally strong believer in what Lois McMaster Bujold referred to as the "will to be stupid," I expect it will continue to take time to penetrate.

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