Experiences with DRM

Before the beginning of the MCDM program I didn’t have a very clear idea of what Digital Rights Management (DRM) was. I knew, however, that I had had a very unpleasant experience when I first got my iTouch. I had trouble with different music standards when I tried to transfer songs from my old mp3-player (Creative) to Apple’s fancy and nice device. Some of the music files would not appear on iTunes music list and there was no way to put them into my iPod. I also could not copy my boyfriend’s music because he had already used his five-computer licenses.

I had another experience with DRM in Brazil one year ago. My mom was having problems with her computer and asked my brother – a Microsoft developer, who lives in Seattle – to fix it. He was in Brazil at that time and he found out that he could not fix her computer because she was using a pirated copy of Windows XP! He had to call a friend and co-worker, who was in Redmond, to buy a license for my mom and ask him to give the key over the phone to validate Windows.

The last DRM-story is my boyfriend’s friend story. He used to download music from Napster, as did almost everyone when the program was in its best, most popular and illegal days. He downloaded music of different bands, including Metallica. Metallica had asked Napster’s managers to prohibit downloading their music and Napster responded that they could not be responsible for what people shared and downloaded on the network. The band then asked their fans to locate the users who were getting their music illegally. They did that, and they found my boyfriend’s friend. When he tried to use Napster, he read the following message “Banned by Metallica!”. He was not able to use the service until he found a document on the internet detailing the method Napster used to prevent him from accessing the network, and removed the files Napster had installed on his machine.

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