Get the facts of DRM, don’t buy CRAP

Did you think Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) can be good for society? If that’s your opinion, you better start looking at facts. Ars Technica reports that

Some Kindle users are angry because Amazon blocked them from their Kindle accounts, thereby blocking them from accessing their already-purchased media. Even if these stories are exaggerated, they once again highlight the caveats that come with DRMed media. You don’t own your contentā€”Amazon does.

Do you think this sort of problem never happened before and it’s an exaggeration? Well, look again at facts because those tell a different story. When Yahoo Music ceased to exist so did the files that people bought. And to get music bought from iTunes liberated from DRM, people had to buy it again.

Facts say that DRM are constantly being used to extort money from customers, and to artificially create scarcity in order to inflate prices. DRM should really be called CRAP as in Cancellation Restriction and Punishment (or Content Restriction Annulment and Protection, if you prefer). Think better and don’t buy CRAP.

via Kindle owners find out about DRM’s ever-present threat – Ars Technica.

Openness is a value

Doc Searls asks on LJ:

What if Yahoo’s main value isn’t its search engine or its advertising business, but the openness that makes it more Net-native and hacker-friendly than Microsoft?

Right… what if? I don’t think that today’s Microsoft understand the value of openness. But (possible) new Microsoft starting in June probably will. We’ll have to wait until then, but I’m not holding my breath. I just hoped I bought Yahoo shares a week ago šŸ™

It’s worth reading the whole article Yahoo’s Openness Asset | Linux Journal