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A new paper to be published in the upcoming issue of Marketing Science shows that removing DRM from music leads to a decrease in piracy. Or phrased differently, DRM appears to be an incentive for people to pirate music instead of buying it. The researchers from Rice and Duke University used analytical modelling to come to this seemingly common sense conclusion.

DRM only hurts legitimate customers.

The phrase above has been written a few dozen times here on TorrentFreak, and it’s now supported by an academic report.

Researchers from Rice and Duke University looked into the effect of digital restrictions on music piracy. In their paper “Music Downloads and the Flip Side of Digital Rights Management Protection†they conclude that DRM doesn’t prevent piracy at all. Quite the opposite.

“Only the legal users pay the price and suffer from the restrictions. Illegal users are not affected because the pirated product does not have DRM restrictions,†the researchers write in their report.

Ditching DRM and other restrictions would actually reduce piracy according to the analytical model developed by the researchers.
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post #2 of 51
Captain Obvious.
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And the companies will never understand this. They will continue to make even more ridiculous DRMs as more and more people will pirate their games, only because the DRM was horrible in the first place.

*sigh*

Respect to companies like Paradox, who have no DRM to speak of.
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As I've said before, DRM is mostly for used games.
    
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Why dont developers realise this...

When something has some heavy DRM, its usually ALWAYS easier and faster to just get the pirated copy.
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I think in business terms, it's called value added.

Steam IS DRM, yet people flock to it.
Why?

Ease of use.
Efficiency.
Everything is one one spot.
Ability to just download again without looking for a disc.
Crazy sales.
Connecting with friends both with chat and gaming together.


As long as the value added when bound to DRM is greater than than a pirate's cheapness, they will deem it worth buying.

Also, the fact that Valve isn't a dick company like EA, Ubisoft or Apple tends to help matters.


Right now, CDs rarely have added value.
No posters, no signed stuff, no goodies.
And the company that gets the money are all dicks.


The record companies can change the value added bit easily.
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I buy my music from Amazon MP3.

I like to have my music in a DRM free, well supported file format.

I do not like buying my music from iTunes and being told that I'll need a iPod to actually put it on a portable device and that my Android phone can get lost.
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It's too late. Most companies have veins in their heads for DRM.

They see pirating more, they flip out and apply more measures to "protect" themselves.

I can see it now. DRM will get to a point where a human representative from the company has to be with you while you play the game, in the same room, staring at you to make sure you do nothing wrong.
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What a freaking genius...
   
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Originally Posted by Toonshorty View Post
I buy my music from Amazon MP3.

I like to have my music in a DRM free, well supported file format.

I do not like buying my music from iTunes and being told that I'll need a iPod to actually put it on a portable device and that my Android phone can get lost.
wow seriously? you are going down that route...itunes has been drm free for several years now with their music, and all my music from them work without problem on my android phone...
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