Originally Posted by DiapDealer
There's nothing to "crack" on a watermarked ebook. It's social drm. It doesn't restrict the user's use of the ebook on any device using any format they can imagine. It doesn't even restrict (I'm speaking practically/physically here, not legally) a user from "loaning" their copy to someone. It just encourages them to be damn certain that who they choose to loan it to is trustworthy. In that regard alone, I find watermarking vastly superior to most encryption-based DRM.
You might be surprised to learn that most people contributing code to DRM-removal programs aren't really interested in helping people remove any and all identifying features of an ebook that could be traced back to an individual person/purchaser. They're not interested in any zeitgiest-y "all knowledge should be freely available/exchanged" movement. That kind of idealism is mostly limited to a small subset of the users of such DRM-removal tools. No, most code contributors are only interested in granting the ability to format shift and to move ebooks freely from one device to another. Nothing loftier than that is involved.
I'm not saying nobody's ever going to write software that "cleans" watermarked ebooks ... I'm just saying I'm fairly positive it's not going to come from any entity you might have come to "know and trust." That entity fully supports the use of digital watermarking in place of current encryption-based DRM schemes (for personal "purchases") ... or so I've heard.
This a billion % !!!!
I'm not interested in sharing.
I just want to be able to have an archive copy that I can format shift to whatever devices I may have in the future without hassles. I insist on being able to have a copy of my book that I can use even after devices change, vendors go out of business, etc.
That's why I'm not buying into Amazon, B&N or anyone else's DRM vendor lockin.
i don't want a vendor telling me where and when and how I can read a book that I bought -- if you expect me to give you my money, you'd better let me read it on the device of my choosing without me having to ask your permission.
(And yes, I know, I didn't buy it, I licensed it, blah blah blah -- bottom line, I paid money for it, I bought it.
So now I only purchase from non-DRM vendors, like Baen, Smashwords, Book View, Angry Robot, Black Library, etc.--because I have an uncrappified backup copy.
Ultimately, I have NO problems with Watermarks because they in no way prevent me from reading MY book on different devices.