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DRM Is Toxic To Culture

Oct 28, 2010, 16:32 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Simon Phipps)

[ Thanks to Simon Phipps for this link. ]

"It's possible that you think that unauthorised use of copyrighted music, films and books is such a serious problem that it's worth giving away a little of your convenience and freedom in exchange for stopping it. If you do, I'd like to suggest you think again - time is running out for your freedom to share the music, books and more that you love with family and friends.

"Approaches to Enforcement

"Travelling frequently in Europe, I've had the chance to use both the Paris Metro and the U-bahn1 in various German cities. There is a very visible difference between the two, at least in my experience. Here are some sample encounters2.

"In Paris, I bought my Metro ticket and then used it in an automated barrier to reach the platform. I noticed lowlife furtively scanning the station and then vaulting the barriers, and I saw armed police at the station to catch the thieves doing this (they didn't catch any that I saw, and there were several of each at each station).

"By contrast, the U-Bahn in Nürnberg had no barriers. I bought my ticket, boarded the train without fuss, there was no risk of being shot by a policeman targeting a barrier-vaulting cheat, and the system was still clean, efficient and well-used."

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