Reasons to kill DRM
I received an email from Napster this morning:
"We're writing you with an important message about any music downloads you purchased from Napster prior to May 2008. Due to evolving digital music technology and related rights, Napster will no longer be able to provide support for these downloads as of Sept. 1, 2010..."
The message goes on to say that users will not be able to re-download purchased tunes. Fortunately I had not bought much music from Napster and have since switched to Amazon for purchasing DRM-free MP3 downloads. But for those who did purchase a great deal from Napster, where does this leave them? Guard those downloads well, and hope your system doesn't crash. There will be no re-downloading, ever again, after September 1st.
When a similar event happens with an ebook retailer, perhaps more of the proponents of DRM will understand the potential grief it gives paying customers. Pirates are not customers, and should not dictate how ebooks are constructed. Serve the customer, not yourself in a war against an imagined enemy.
Kill all DRM before it's too late.