Originally Posted by BoldlyDubious
Given that the current type of DRM can easily be removed, the system does not damage illegal uploaders; while it certainly creates absurd difficulties to users behaving correctly.
Since it can be easily removed, it does NOT create absurd difficulties. It creates an annoyance, and allows the media companies to think they're doing something to prevent piracy.
I don't like it, but I think the current DRM is much preferable to any system that attempts to identify the source of a file, because that system would be too open to mistakes and abuse and violations of privacy. The people who engage in illegal distribution now will find a way around it, and the rest of us might suffer for it. What's to stop a pirate from attaching the name of an innocent person to the file, and thereby creating all sorts of difficulties for that person?