Originally Posted by TheRock
Go after those pirates and charge them to the full extent of the law. I just don't understand why HBO is so hell bent on screwing over all of there paying customers who just want to make backups.
All of this DRM or "Digital Consumer Enablement" (did that make anyone else laugh until it hurt?) as Zitter wants to call it, has nothing to do with piracy. It has to do with control.
Picture it this way- without DRM you can go get a HTPC and keep adding hard drives, record to your heart's content, broadcast to be viewed on other TVs in your house, re-rip to view on your iPod, and archive seasons of say Entourage to view again and again (i.e.- exercise fair use).
What does HBO and the rest of the entertainment industry want to force? They want to force you to buy HBO to watch it live, pay your cable company for multiple DVRs if you want to see it in multiple rooms, buy the ITMS version for your iPod, and buy the season on DVD. Purchasing the content (or license to view the content) once isnt good enough for their greedy business plans. So what do they do to force this plan? They convince congress/the FCC that the average US citizen is guilty of pirating from square 1, and they need all the broadcast flags and DRM because we are all stealing.
As I've said before- I have no problem with them distributing their content how they want- lock it up so bad that no one can see it, for all I care. But dont be so deceitful about it. Funny thing is, if they told the truth, that they need DRM to charge the consumer over and over and over again for the same thing, no one would buy into it. But turning themselves into the "victim" sure seems to be working, and probably will work unfortunately.