Originally Posted by [Adz]
But then you have the issue of music - person A buys a CD, rips it to his media player, lends to person B who does the same.
Back on topic - a new service is already in the works, though this one is explicitly for piracy, with the tagline "Made by Pirates for Pirates" and apparently going to be based in Latvia.
Heads of a hydra.
^They consider that piracy (person A to person B). They also considered your earlier method as piracy as well(it's just going after someone doing that with one friend isn't considered good cost/benefit). If you had say 100 friends and did that then you might get their interest. It's the same reason you're technically not allowed to "screen" a movie without licensing/consent to an audience of (I don't know the exact size) x size.
Now for all you DRM apathetic people how would you view this:
Real world case: I have a class in which there are extra videos we are required to watch but they are laced with DRM. A large number of my classmates can't watch the videos because the DRM only works when using a very old browser, very old plugin to WMP, and a blue moon(plus has a dislike for OSX which cuts half of my classmates out). Even after doing all the things required of me by the DRM I still couldn't watch the videos...so I just found where they dumped their install(they're downloadable as exes which still didn't work lol) and dug around the folders until I found the videos. Pulled the videos out and play them with VLC and magically everything works. So...while the rest of my class is suffering I can't help them because any discussion about what I've done will get me in trouble with my university. So...the time we could have spent studying is instead wasted on everyone trying to get the videos to work.
I don't know about you but right here I could easily spread the files around and help my classmates but that's considered illegal so I won't. The DRM has made it impossible for legal viewing of the video and yet doing my method (still legal but would be viewed otherwise) works just fine. So I want to know...why inconvenience/lose the legitimate users so much when it would have no effect on the people you want it too?
Compared to the DRM of Steam(it is DRM) that's just pathetic. PIRACY IS NOT A PRICE PROBLEM...IT IS A SERVICE PROBLEM.