Posted May 05 2007 - 04:32 AM
| I don't misunderstand in the slightest, but by hacking, they are bring DRM down in further force. Surely that's an easy connection to make. |
Not so ; if anything, to the contrary.
"DRM" and its allied techniques are intended to control the behaviour of the end-user, in order to make the publisher more money. Was Disney responding to the problem of videotape piracy when it issued VHS cassettes containing a mechanical counter and a little razor blade, designed to cut the tape after a certain number of viewings? Of course not. The purpose was to force parents to buy new copies of The Little Mermaid
. Was Divx a response to the problem of DVD rips? Obviously not. DVD-to-DVD copying didn't exist at that time.
The existence of hackers tends to make the entertainment publishers more circumspect about what measures they employ, because they know that if they create too much of an incentive, the hackers will circumvent whatever it is. An obvious example is CSS on DVD — libdvddecss or its equivalent is ubiquitous now, all because a kid was trying to use a DVD-ROM drive to play DVDs on his Linux box, which wouldn't run the licensed player applications.