I’ve blogged in the past about what I think about DRM. I just thought I’d point everyone to a real world example. Microsoft is dropping support for MSN Music effective August 31, 2008. After that point any music that you legally purchased from MSN Music will no longer be able to be played back on anything new.
What does that mean? If you can play it now, nothing will change. You’ll only notice when you buy a new computer or need to reinstall Windows and all of a sudden you can’t play back your music!
This is the worst problem with DRM, it’s easier and safer to pirate the stuff than it is to buy it legally. Thankfully the music industry has figured that out, and is now selling tunes without DRM. The movie industry hasn’t though, and until they do, I don’t think movie downloads are going anywhere.
[ From Wired News ]