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View Poll Results: If a title has DRM which you cannot strip, do you:
Still purchase the title, even if locked to a device/server 45 23.56%
Look for alternatives, including "pirate" sites, but if not found, purchase the DRM-ed title 30 15.71%
Refuse to purchase, either wait for a breakable DRM version, or "pirate" 116 60.73%
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Old 12-17-2009, 10:10 PM   #1
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The death of print ... (or, does DRM drive you to piracy?)

First, a short poll regarding DRM-ed titles.

Then, this from the Huff Post:

The Death of Print Doesn't Have to Mean the Death of Publishing

But, Steve Haber is delusional about having "the right DRM measures in place."

DRM is what makes this cartoon ring so true:



cartoon is from http://xkcd.com/488/

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Old 12-17-2009, 10:21 PM   #2
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I'd like to state the correlary...

(Sorry, I can't even draw stick figures! or spell.)

Dear creative artist.

Would you like to try for the brass ring of your work being remembered 500 years from now?

If so, don't ever DRM your work. Otherwise, it won't even be usable 50 years from now.

On the other hand, creative artist, if what you want is to make the most money up front as the "flavor of the week", and don't care whether your work is remembered week after next, then use the toughest DRM you can find...
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Old 12-17-2009, 11:05 PM   #3
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I cannot choose any of the options. I would refuse to purchase and wait for a version with DRM that I can remove. But I would not go for the pirated file.
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Old 12-17-2009, 11:10 PM   #4
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I answered that I would buy that title but that's only true for something I really want to read. If I'm lukewarm about it, I skip it altogether.
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Old 12-17-2009, 11:49 PM   #5
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I picked option 3, since you are of course talking about ebooks, but what I'd actually do would be buy the pbook (assuming there is one, and it's a book I really wanted now).

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Old 12-18-2009, 12:09 AM   #6
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Still purchase. Have a kindle, don't really mind DRM as I buy stuff I'll only read once.

If it's the rare book I want to re-read, I'll buy the hardcover cheap sometime down the road.
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Old 12-18-2009, 12:25 AM   #7
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Buy the unbreakable DRM version, then get the pirate version for posterity.

Everyone wins!
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Old 12-18-2009, 01:34 AM   #8
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Buy the unbreakable DRM version, then get the pirate version for posterity.

Everyone wins!
That sounds perfect! I have a lot of books on my Palm, bought from Fictionwise in secure e-reader format over a 5 year period. I would love to get them on my Hanvon in epub format.
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Old 12-18-2009, 02:03 AM   #9
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Option D: Buy the print book second hand.
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Old 12-18-2009, 02:47 AM   #10
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For anyone outside the US I think geo-restrictions are a larger problem than DRM. I could live with a DRM-ed copy provided I can buy it. Most of the authors I'm interested in simply don't have ebooks available for purchase in my country. Fictionwise (as an example) has only 23 secure ePub books in Sci-fi available to me - non by authors I'm interested in. Geo restrictions are far more likely to drive me to piracy.
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Old 12-18-2009, 03:04 AM   #11
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If I can't get DRM off, i don't buy. For music, i bought the cd instead, for book, i'll sooner get the paperback.

Crusader, geo-restriction ARE drm.
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DRM used to drive me to piracy, now it just drives me away. Any writer or publisher who allows DRM on their work I bypass altogether. There's plenty of great fiction available without clueless DRM schemes and I won't put another penny into a system that promotes DRM.
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I've always viewed them as 2 seperate issues, but I guess that geo-restrictions are yet another form of drm.
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Still quite easy to get around those geo restrictions.
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Option 3 for me! Definitely!
I just don't feel secure with drm, and I want to share books within my family, without parting with my device.
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