Paying Customers are the Enemy

by on October 8, 2007 · 6 comments

Ars Technica reports on the latest DRM PR disaster:

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BD+ is being rushed out to titles only shortly after the spec was finalized, partly in response to hackers cracking the protection on AACS earlier this year. This wouldn’t be the first time that extra layers of copy protection have harmed legitimate consumers: earlier this year Sony had to recall 20 DVD titles protected with ARccOS that caused problems on some DVD players.

When Paramount recently announced that they were switching to HD DVD releases, one of the reasons a spokesperson gave Ars was that the Blu-ray spec was not “market-ready.” Perhaps this is the sort of thing he meant.

Fox’s position is that the problem is entirely the fault of the player manufacturers. Steve Feldstein, Fox senior VP of marketing communications, told Video Business that “consumers should lobby their hardware manufacturers to release firmware upgrades post haste” and that “the title was well-reviewed and playing well on updated players.”

Isn’t that charming? It’s worth keeping in mind that only the legitimate customers have to jump through these kinds of hoops. If you’re stupid enough to follow the rules and pay hard-earned cash for your movies, Hollywood rewards you by making you spend a relaxing evening learning how to update your movie player’s firmware. People who break the law and get their movies via a P2P network don’t have to worry about these sorts of headaches, as those files tend to come pre-cracked and in an open format playable on any device.

  • http://www2.blogger.com/profile/14380731108416527657 Steve R.

    One of my biggest conceptual issues with DRM has been the manufacturers continued support for the product. When a product gets “old” manufactures have been known to discontinue developing updates for the product and even to remove all references to the “old” product from their webpages.

    DRM crippled HDVD players are currently “new” . But what happens in a few years as these players age????? Are the HDVD manufactures really going to invest significant resources in keeping the old players functional?

    Based on my experience, the answer is no. So not only will the consumer have an unreliable product, it will also become prematurely obsolete.

  • http://www2.blogger.com/profile/14380731108416527657 Steve R.

    One of my biggest conceptual issues with DRM has been the manufacturers continued support for the product. When a product gets “old” manufactures have been known to discontinue developing updates for the product and even to remove all references to the “old” product from their webpages.

    DRM crippled HDVD players are currently “new” . But what happens in a few years as these players age????? Are the HDVD manufactures really going to invest significant resources in keeping the old players functional?

    Based on my experience, the answer is no. So not only will the consumer have an unreliable product, it will also become prematurely obsolete.

  • http://www.arstechnica.com JeremyReimerExposer

    Jeremy Reimer has no degree or certifications in computers and no professional hands on years to decades of experience in them either. He was caught email harassing, impersonating, & bother others online which ended up having his website have portions removed and his friends that helped him in it (a Mr. Jay Little of Atlanta Ga. USA) have their websites removed in their entirety. Arstechnica idiots like Reimer are the plague of the internet. Any site that posts material from morons with no real qualifications like Reimer in a field of endeavour ought to think twice about putting up his blaterings. All Reimer does is spit back what others wrote already anyhow. He is an ambulance chaser at best.

  • http://www.arstechnica.com JeremyReimerExposer

    Jeremy Reimer has no degree or certifications in computers and no professional hands on years to decades of experience in them either. He was caught email harassing, impersonating, & bother others online which ended up having his website have portions removed and his friends that helped him in it (a Mr. Jay Little of Atlanta Ga. USA) have their websites removed in their entirety. Arstechnica idiots like Reimer are the plague of the internet. Any site that posts material from morons with no real qualifications like Reimer in a field of endeavour ought to think twice about putting up his blaterings. All Reimer does is spit back what others wrote already anyhow. He is an ambulance chaser at best.

  • http://www.cwrl.utexas.edu/node/933 MByll

    Jeremy Reimer has no degree or certifications in computers and no professional hands on years to decades of experience in them either.

    Jeremy Reimer was caught email harassing, impersonating, & bother others online which ended up having his website have portions removed and his friends that helped him in it (a Mr. Jay Little of Atlanta Ga. USA) had their websites removed in their entirety. See here for that:

    http://www.windowsitpro.com/articles/index.cfm?articleid=41095&cpage=212#feedbackAnchor

    Also, others from educational institutions where actual professional journalism & writing are taught, are questioning Jeremy Reimer’s validity & credibility as a writer, period, here:

    http://www.cwrl.utexas.edu/node/933

    All Reimer does is spit back what others wrote already anyhow. He is an ambulance chaser at best.

    Jeremy Reimer and his friends were also caught here:

    http://www.windowsitpro.com/articles/index.cfm?articleid=41095&cpage=213#feedbackAnchor

    Posting as others (i.e. same person posting under multiple names/guises/nicks/handles) along with his friend Jay Little above to “support one another” when they were found SO technically inacurrate, they were laughed off that site and both of them outright left & that was after law enforcement were called on them both. Windows IT Pro is a widely read publication in the field of computers.

  • http://www.cwrl.utexas.edu/node/933 MByll

    Jeremy Reimer has no degree or certifications in computers and no professional hands on years to decades of experience in them either.

    Jeremy Reimer was caught email harassing, impersonating, & bother others online which ended up having his website have portions removed and his friends that helped him in it (a Mr. Jay Little of Atlanta Ga. USA) had their websites removed in their entirety. See here for that:

    http://www.windowsitpro.com/articles/index.cfm?…

    Also, others from educational institutions where actual professional journalism & writing are taught, are questioning Jeremy Reimer’s validity & credibility as a writer, period, here:

    http://www.cwrl.utexas.edu/node/933

    All Reimer does is spit back what others wrote already anyhow. He is an ambulance chaser at best.

    Jeremy Reimer and his friends were also caught here:

    http://www.windowsitpro.com/articles/index.cfm?…

    Posting as others (i.e. same person posting under multiple names/guises/nicks/handles) along with his friend Jay Little above to “support one another” when they were found SO technically inacurrate, they were laughed off that site and both of them outright left & that was after law enforcement were called on them both. Windows IT Pro is a widely read publication in the field of computers.

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