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An Open letter to DRM creators

STOP. IT. NOW!!!Here is an open letter on the DRM open letters that have been flying around lately.When I was 15 and buying about 2 albums a week the music industry introduced the first of their many attempts at DRM – 8 track.  Guess what!  Didn’t work.

The cassette players / recorders became prevalent.  And the response from the recording industry was, “This is going to kill the recording industry!  No one will buy records anymore because they can just copy them from their friends!!”Guess what happened?  The recording industry made a bazillion dollars over the next 10 years.Then CD players came out and that was going to be the saviour of the industry.

Clean sound, virtually indestructible media and the end to copying (again, except to tape, which had none of these features – how many of you remember pulling a whole spool of a tape out of the machine when it got sucked into there??)But guess what??  The media was certainly destructible (I have about 17 discs that are unplayable because of scratches) and then CD recorders came out.  And the response from the recording industry was “This is going to kill the recording industry!  No one will buy CD’s anymore because they can just copy them from their friends!!”

Guess what actually happened?

The recording industry made a bazillion dollars over the next 10 years.  But it did allow me to make copies of the disc so that I could store the original and play the copy.  That way, when it got scratched and was unplayable, I could make another copy and continue to enjoy the music that I paid the right to listen to.Then the Internet exploded.  And P2P was born.  And the response from the recording industry was, “It’s too easy to copy music and send it all around the world.  No one will by CD’s or movies anymore because they can just copy it from an anonymous person in *pick your favorite 3rd world country*”Guess what continues to happen?

The recording industry makes billions of dollars a year.  Now, here is what I know to be true

  1. It is easier to get illegal music and I did get some that way several years ago,
  2. It was a pain in the butt to get illegal music, plus I didn’t like the thought of other people having access to the stuff on my machine so I shut it off,
  3. I  deleted all the illegal tracks I downloaded ’cause the thought of the Rolling Stones not having enough money to live on after they stop touring (which will likely be when they die) made me sad,
  4. People slowed down buying music, not because they can copy it, but because a lot of music really, really stinks!

But all this DRM stuff did make me come to the following conclusions –

  1. I will only buy music off the Internet from sites that provide that music in a non-DRM MP3 or Ogg Vorbis format
  2. If a recording is not available from a site that accomplishes #1 then I will buy it on a CD
  3. I will continue to make backup copies of the music in my collection onto a media of my choosing in a format of my choosing so that in the event that the media is damaged or destroyed, I will have the original to use to make another backup copy

Thank you,

John

This was an open letter found at http://jcconnor.wordpress.com