Originally Posted by murraypaul
But you've offered no reason whatsoever to think that that form of piracy would be reduced.
Currently people can remove the DRM from a file and upload it.
In your scheme people would be able to remove the watermarking from a file and upload it.
It's not really like that. Currently people have no personal
reason to avoid removing the DRM from a file and uploading it. (Respecting laws and contracts is not a personal reason, in this context: a personal reason is something that tells you that you
will be damaged if you do something.)
In my scheme, people will have the very personal reason
of not wanting to let down the person who gave them the file (as I explained, for instance, in post #366; please note that it's not necessary that the potential uploader cares about the original file buyer).
This is a key difference. It means that my social DRM system features what I called a "distributed damping system" based on social links between people.