Originally Posted by DrDon
If I had any brains at all, I'd be busy developing a box that downloads movies, but will copy those movies to a storage card. The user will be required to enter his/her SSC# to make that copy. The # is stored in an unreadable form on the card. You can play the content in any player, provided you plug in your SSC#. Since people are reluctant to give out their SSC#, this solves Hollywood's biggest issue w/r/t hard copies, while still allowing the purchaser to play the content wherever and whenever he/she desires.
Sorry, but I don't think this gets it done, either.
I view any media purchase as being similar to buying a book. When I buy a book, anyone in my household can read it any time they like. I can loan it out or resell it. It can be passed along as part of my estate to be enjoyed for potentially hundreds of years (and I do have some centuries-old books in my collection that have been passed down through our family). Once it has been printed and distributed, it cannot be retroactively censored or altered, unless I
decide to deface or destroy it. Why would I accept a system that has me pay the same money for the media, but imposes limits on my ability to use what I have bought and paid for?
The same is true for my old vinyl albums, tapes, CDs, VHS tapes, DVDs, etc. - they work for anyone in my household, and will do so as long as the basic medium survives. Keep in mind that each of these 'hard' formats will LONG outlast the player electronics and/or any server that would be used to store a download. I just have to look at how many PCs I have been through since I started buying CDs and DVDs, and consider how much data has been stranded on each one when the changeover was mode (or the drive failed or became corrupted). Perhas the technology will become better in future years, but as of right now, I have FAR less trust in 'soft' digital storage than in 'hard' media.
But the key issue is DRM. I, for one, think that we all as media consumers need to be up in arms over the gradual elimination of the basic fair use doctrine. DRM-crippled downloads are just one more step down a very slippery slope.