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Old 11-09-2012, 02:19 AM   #239
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Originally Posted by Catlady View Post
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.
Removing DRM is prohibited by the Terms of Service (so if you are caught doing that the media provider can act against you, for instance by closing your account) and -somewhere at least- illegal, so by stripping DRM you are violating the law. I want a solution that does not require breaking laws or licenses, and that works for everyone.
In fact, only people with a minimum of technical knowledge can apply DRM removal tools, so the current DRM system leaves most people with crippled media libraries.

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Originally Posted by Catlady View Post
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?
If that person did not buy that particular file, the media publisher will instantly know that it's a fake. No need to involve the innocent person.
Moreover, I don't think that "pirates" (who are not getting a profit from uploading) will find the will and the time to set up complex re-encoding of the files with fake data, knowing that these can be quickly identified as such.

Of course, if you can strip identification information from a file you get back to today's situation where -after DRM removal- the file bears no identifier. My basic assumption is that it is possible to devise systems for embedding identification information in a file that make removing such information a bit of a hassle.
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