04
Jan
08

Hollywood Wants Your PC

Or at least control over your spiffy new HD monitor. The original story was here, but the server got overloaded.  Essentially, the point is that the DRM weenies in Hollywood will not rest until every device is under their thumb, regardless of what you have paid for and what gets zapped along the way.  Thank goodness that BoingBoing got a piece of it:

I recently purchased a new HD monitor, but when I installed it, I lost the streaming capabilities on Netflix’s website. When I tried to troubleshoot the issue, I had to agree to let Netflix “reset my DRM” by destroying my Amazon.com files. After talking with Netflix’s technical support, I learned that the real issue had to do with the HD capabilities of my PC setup. Because Hollywood wants to punish people for using technology that is outside of their protocol, they are denying me access to low resolution internet videos until I downgrade my monitor to standard definition.

As if DRM isn’t evil enough already, I now have to give up access to files I’ve already bought and even then might not be allowed access unless I have specific approved HD equipment that allows Hollywood to control how I consume my media content. I understand that content owners want to be able to charge for their content, but something is wrong when their DRM won’t even allow you to pay to use their product.

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