Let’s jump right into it today.
If we want a section of our society that’s dedicated to making nice things, then we have to keep those people alive and doing what they do best. We do that by financially supporting them so that they can live a happy, healthy and empowered life that drives their inspiration for their contributions.
That’s one of the more broad ideas behind the terms “copyright” and “DRM.”
Now, let’s talk about DRM.
DRM stands for “Digital Rights Management.”
Let me break it down for you. If I go to a book store and buy a book for $11.99, I can easily share that book with my friends and family; you know, lend them my book when I’m done reading it. DRM prevents you from doing this. Corporations hate libraries, so to speak, because it costs them lots of sales. Same concept here. “You want it? Buy it or rent it. Stop sharing, don’t be a cheapskate.” That’s the mentality most big publishers and corporations have when it comes to whatever digital content they sell; be it movies, books, music, etc.
But, it goes much deeper then that.
See, as someone who purchases DRM-protected content from Google Play (books and movies), I can’t use Linux, as I constantly run into problems and get error messages like “Oops! There was an error displaying this page.” I must be on an operating system that runs proprietary software and that is capable of running proprietary drivers, not open-source alternatives. So, when I boot back into Windows, I’m easily able to access my DRM-purchased content.
Now, you are able to access some DRM content on Linux, for example, Netflix. However, there are still plenty of things that you may not be able to access at all; specifically when it comes to purchasing things via Google Play. Their may be more to the way DRM works with their content, who knows? I’ve looked into it and have discovered that there’s no true solution as of yet. Some distros are even able to play DRM content from Google Play, but not in full HD, and you’ll run into problems where it stops working.
The way I see it is that information should be free, no matter what. You can make money from ad revenue, by all means, but to charge for information seems a little egotistical to me. Perhaps my philosophy here is wrong, but I stand by it fully — and no, that does not make me a crypto-anarchist.
“Well, then how are people supposed to have jobs?” You might wonder.
Dog trainers usually teach dogs by giving the dog a treat it likes. It’s called “paying the dog.” When it comes down to it, I do what I do for love, and nothing else. Once you start thinking about locking information behind a paywall and call it “profiting off of your talents and skills”, that whole idea then becomes tainted.
In this day and age, there are so many ways to make money that it becomes ridiculous to me what these bigger corporations are doing. I’m not saying I don’t support Copyright laws, I think they’re crucial for the survival of the creative field. I’m speaking solely about corporations here, not artists, bloggers, writers or small business owners.
I think that things like patents and copyright laws are nothing but time-bombs; ephemeral concepts, really, that don’t add much value to our world.
So, again, I don’t think DRM or copyright laws are idiotic, it’s just that most of the time, they’re not very effective and they make things more complicated than they need to be. Of course, if someone puts hard work, time, energy and money into something, they should be recognized, acknowledged and compensated for it. I guess it’s more to do with how corporations really screw things up.
How many times, for example, have people wanted to see unique and interesting crossovers from different shows and movies, but copyright laws wouldn’t allow it. Really? Get over yourself, you’re just a movie, it’s not that serious. Lol.
The point here is that big businesses tend to over-complicate things and give bad names to certain policies and concepts, when in reality, those ideas are simply here to protect us.
So, do I support DRM and Copyright laws? In theory, yes, but not in today’s world and how everything is behind a paywall or subscription wall. With these concepts in play, we as users are really tied down and restricted, being forced to stay within certain ecosystems. Not right. Otherwise, I definitely would support the ideas.