November 01, 2004

DRM Does Not Work

says Derek Slater, discussing my post from yesterday. It seems I misunderstood what Bovens wanted to say in his paper. He points out in reaction to my post that there are several ways to work around DRM in mobile phones.

Bovens writes in his paper (page 9):

"This also means that, when buying a new mobile phone, you often lose the paid content you've previously downloaded. There is no way to take a backup - the content is and remains locked to the device it was initially retrieved with."

While this is not as strong as the DRM in gameboy cartridges, which work just fine to stop piracy, it does offer more of a speed bump than most DRM on the personal computer platform.

So yes, I stand by my opinion that DRM as a default in all mobile phones might be one more example to counter those that think it can never work.

And, as I have said in discussing Doctorow's position earlier, if the position that DRM can never work was right, there would be really no need to worry about DRM in the first place. If all DRM could be simply circumvented by pushing your left thumb into your right ear, we could just stop paying attention.

Posted by Karl-Friedrich Lenz at November 1, 2004 02:03 PM | TrackBack