Why a Geek won't buy HD-DVD or Blu-ray Discs

It’s simply not worth the trouble. Ignoring the obvious ethical and social issues, DRM leads to an arms race that should never have started. And it is one that the DRM pushers are sure to lose. It costs loads of money to produce a DRM scheme, to try to implement it, to keep it updated when it gets cracked within a few weeks of each update, and then to support all of the customers who simply want to play their movie but can’t because you are “protecting” it. There is a great discussion over at Ed Felton’s blog about the AACS cracks and updates. Basically it takes tons of time and money to stop movies from playing, inconveniencing paying customers, […]

You can't stop the interweb

If you were to take a snapshot of Digg.com at midnight on May 1st, 2007 you would see the power of the interweb. Every story on the front page of Digg.com is the key to cracking HD-DVD’s. This is a great example of trying to treat adults like children and telling them how and where they can play video content they have purchased. DRM is simply bad business and if we continue to see widespread protests like we have tonight, DRM will be a thing of the past. It is really unfortunate that the Motion Picture industry does not see the value in distributing their films without the restrictions of DRM which is obviously not stopping anyone. All of the […]