DRM(Digital Right Management) Doesn't Really Matter: A persuasive paper opposing the use of DRM in online media.

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With the advent of computers and the Internet, there is freedom to share all different forms of media, from music and movies to games and books, with anyone on the planet. Digital Right Management, known as DRM for short, is a system by which, through the use of licensing and encryption, digital content distributors control the copying and distribution of digital media while concurrently protecting the rights of the original author and/or copyright holder. DRM tries to control this newfound freedom by imposing limits to the extent to which consumers can use and share digital content. This ends up causing problems for honest consumers who simply want to burn a song to a CD again or copy a DVD, which they purchased, to their computer. DRM should be removed because, through its use on digital content, the content distributors have created numerous problems and have solved nothing.

The biggest problem with DRM is how it removes the consumer's freedom to use digital content as they see fit.

With DRM, the consumer is required to follow the rules of the content distributor. For example, it may limit the number of times a song can be burned to a CD or what computers can play said song. Recently, XCP, a copy-protection system on compact discs produced by Sony, came under fire for installing a small program known as a "rootkit" on the owner's computer, without the owner's consent, whenever the CD was inserted into a computer. What made matters even worse was when serious security holes where found in XCP that could allow an attacker to gain control of the affected machine. To add insult to injury, when Sony released a patch to fix the problem, they opened just as many security holes as they fixed. Finally, Microsoft released a security-hole-free...