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The Magic of DRM

April 23, 2008

Microsquish announced yesterday that their fine MSN music service is going the way of the dodo. What does this mean for the folks who “purchased” music from this service? Well, if they get a new computer in the future, they are fucked…as their “purchased” music will no longer work due to the DRM servers being dead. Over the past few years this has happened more and more frequently, even effecting MLB fans that had “purchased” videos for a monthly fee. The blog uh sphere is up in arms, as it should be. No wonder those under 25 are collectively giggling about this. They simply download illegally and never worry about DRM.

Word comes today from mp3tunes (a place to store and backup your music files online) that EMI is suing them. EMI’s position is that backups of your music are vaguely legal but backing them up online is illegal. At this point it feels like the major music companies are TRYING to drive themselves out of business with a desperate, heated passion. The harder they push at the idea of music “ownership” the harder consumers push back.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Shane permalink
    April 23, 2008 7:36 pm

    I’ll have to dig up some of my anti-DRM rants and share them with you. Its not even that its evil. Its that it is so fucking retardedly self-defeating. Nothing like treating your customers like crooks and fucking them over for it.

  2. April 24, 2008 3:19 am

    Anybody know where I can get a new needle for my recordplayer? The one’s at the DJ shops are too expensive. What about a new head for my 8-track?

  3. hairball permalink
    April 25, 2008 1:25 pm

    …but I’m not under 25!

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