Is ‘piracy’ about digital rights or revenue?

The basic point is that access control technologies are becoming more and more refined. To create new, desirable product markets (e.g., movies for portable digital devices), the studios have turned to DRM (and the law) to create the scarcity (illegality of ripping DVDs) needed to both create the need for it and sustain it. Rather than admit that this is what they’re doing, they trot out bogus studies claiming that this is all caused by piracy. It’s the classic nannying scheme: “Because some of you can’t be trusted, everyone has to be treated this way.” But everybody knows that this nanny is in it for her own interests.

Read Privately, Hollywood admits DRM isn’t about piracy from Ars. On topic: Fox subpoenas YouTube over “24,” “Simpsons” episodes from Ars and Should YouTube police video uploads? from ZDNet’s Donna Bogatin

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Filed under A democratic medium?, Business 2.0, Digital Commons, Fair Use, Regulation, The Politics of New Media

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