The subject of DRM Digital Rights Management was raised in this episode and I would like to know what others think.
My attention to DRM came through music and I could not see any valid reason why I should not have the same music on several devices provided I applied the concept of ‘fair use’.
For example my car stereo has a Solid State Drive to store music on and a CD player that can be used to rip music to the drive. It also accepts USB memory sticks. I have most of my music ripped to a NAS dirive so can get the same music from multiple devices in my home and a portable device for when I am away.
This to me constitutes ‘fair use’ as no piece of music is likely to be played twice simultaneously and if it is, it will only be within the confines of my small family. Also if I decide I want to give a piece of music to someone else I can provided I either buy them their own copy or pass on my CD provided I don’t keep the copies on my network and elsewhere.
Unfortunately this not what has happened and too much music has been copied indiscriminately leading almost to the death of published music. I know lots of musicians who are not worried by this as they see it as an advertisement and if you don’t download say Ed Sheeran’s songs or by his CDs the fact you are listening means you are more likely to see him in concert where he makes more money.
The record companies see this differently however as they get less income so have less money to invest in new talent, ultimately providing worse music for us all and less profit for the shareholders.
Books may have a similar arguments: If I buy a book I can pass it on when I am finished. The publisher has already taken their profit and the author has their commission so this is fair. If I buy it for my kindle, other e-readers are available, it is much more difficult if not impossible to pass on.
Finally other stuff: Printers insisting on own brand ink cartridges only, Cars that can only be properly serviced by main line distributors because the performance gets nobbled until you reset the service timer and only mainline distributors can do be this.
This may be worth a section on the show but lets here your thoughts first.