Apple Jobs ISN'T Anti-DRM

OK, now the discussion can finaly come to an end. I'm connected via GPRS so I don't feel like talking much about this issue with such a connection, but PCWorld is reporting that Steve Jobs thinks DRM in Movies makes sense. Maybe now, with this, can we please stop talk about Jobs as "the saviour against the DRM battle"? Thank you.


  1. If you think that Movies and Music are the same in terms of DRM, you should take a deep breath...

    Music was distributed for a long time (and still is most of the time now) without DRM, and that makes DRM on digital music downloads a stupid thing.

    Movies are a total different thing. Unfortunately, the studios where able to influence the DVD spec, and we got CSS in the process. That means that the vast majority of movies already have DRM, so the argument against DRM that was used with music cannot be used with movies.

    I know you personally, and believe you to be a smart person. If you cannot see this that I write above as a fact of life, then I can only conclude that you don't want to see, and just want to bash everything DRM, without taking the time to analyze the situation. And that, just makes you a whiner. Someone who is just against on the principle, and not on the facts.


  2. /me takes a deep breath...

    IMHO, DRM is wrong - by design - both in movies, music, books and software.

    Of course that I know about CSS, and I think you'll easily guess what are my oppinions on that ;-)

    The issue is that, while you emphatise that there's a (practical) difference between the actual number of music sold with DRM and the movies sold with DRM (as a matter of fact I would love to see numbers on that - music must be around 40%, I guess, and movies around 70%), I emphatise the (conceptual) simmilarity on the effects of DRM (both lock and restrict content that by default isn't locked nor restricted). So yes, conceptualy DRM on movies and music do the same to it, and I don't like it in any of those cases. You see, while you're stating that "Music was distributed for a long time (and still is most of the time now) without DRM, and that makes DRM on digital music downloads a stupid thing", my issue with DRM isn't what you're now loosing, is what conceptualy DRM does.

    > I know you personally, and
    > believe you to be a smart
    > person.

    Hey, don't make me blush ^-^;

    I understand your points, and I understand that my position on DRM can be seen as an "utopian and far-from-reality" one. I don't believe it is, but then, I don't think you heard me talking about DRM that much to understand my position about it. In retrospective, that's probably my fault, or else that's the way the blogosphere is: people post personal "at the time" rants more than full articles explaining their thoughts. I don't "want to bash everything DRM", but I would love that "every DRM would face sudden death". It's not a business, technological nor legal position, is more like a philosophycal one - the world I would love to leave in, among other things, would have no DRM. And, as a matter of fact, I'm not really a whiner on that field, at least I believe that I'm quite pratical in that kind of stuff and instead of idealizing the perfect world I just try to make this one better with the tools I have to do so.

    I am, in fact, against the principle behind DRM. That doesn't mean that I'm not considering the facts. As I told in a previous post (the one with the poll), I've been having several discussions about this issue with several mailing lists. This post, that I didn't care to expand (again, my bad), was a reaction to those (not you, sorry ;-)) that said that "Steve Jobs is 100% against DRM like you and me". As seen, that's not the truth, thus, the request for people to stop talking about Jobs as "the saviour against the DRM battle".

    I hope that after my comments your thoughts on me stop having the "Pity." statement but not the parts that made me blush ;-)

  3. There's simply no excuse for Digitally Restritcting and Managing my rights and I'm not being punished by not following the laws of my government.

    No, the companies can't do any and all things they want to, sorry Melo.