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Friday, May 02, 2008 

Yet another proof that DRM is absurd

Microsoft decided to take down the DRM servers of the now defunct MSN music store and with it the ability of end users to authorize computers for playing music purchased legally on that store. If you own such music, you deserve this punishment since you violated the 11th amendment: "Thou shall not buy DRM protected music".
Note that even if you authorize the maximum allowed number of machines, once you stop using the machines (or in the case of Windows, once you need to reinstall the operating system...), you will lose the authorization and so losing your music completely is just a matter of time.

I find it absurd that you confused the terms "amendment" and "commandment."

every big company wants to keeps its money, (i would to if owned a multimillion dollar company) the real absurd thing is that they think they can stop it all in one hit, which is impossible, there are to many of us that want free music. its almost a fact of life now days lol

"If you own such music, you deserve this punishment since you violated the 11th amendment"

Thankfully, I didn't violate the 11th commandment, and neither did you. Smug people like ourselves are not so stupid as to waste money on DRM music.

But that doesn't mean people who DID spend money DESERVE this 'punishment'. Quite the contrary - they deserve what all customers deserve, either a functional product or their money back.

Just because you're in a position to say 'told you so' does not make it fair for paying customers to be shafted by M$.

And anyway, who needed proof? DRM was patently absurd when it was still just a concept without implementation.

Moral of the story: if you can't help buying DRM protected music, then have a CD ready. :D

Apple has now taken off DRM, just actions show that DRM isnt the answer, good thing is that apple is allowing their customers to go DRM free, at a price ofcource but it is a good idea

I find it absurd that people don't know how to rip a cd burned from itunes to avoid DRM :) Anyone that pays extra for "DRM free" itunes music is an idiot.

Grey text on a black background is absurd.

About the 'is an idiot - the ones that don't know how to rip a cd burned from itunes to avoid DRM' comment.

Such conversion from a lossy format (mp3, mp4) music to CD, then from CD to lossy format again, degrades the quality of music, and that why people like me don't do that. I prefer to purchase the ORIGINAL CD, then rip it, and save the CD just in case RIAA decide to stop by ....

the only sensible format to rip CD audio to is FLAC

The Judicial power of the United States shall not be construed to extend to any suit in law or equity, commenced or prosecuted against one of the United States by Citizens of another State, or by Citizens or Subjects of any Foreign State.

Do none of you pick up on the dry humor of this article? Geez, lighten up. He was saying they "deserve it" because he was humorously pointing out that you have to be an idiot to by DRM protected music.

@Josh, it's not the funniest humour in the world, and I'm fairly sure everyone got it. The point is, as I said before:

"Just because you're in a position to say 'told you so' does not make it fair for paying customers to be shafted by M$."

You can't say people 'deserve' this kind of treatment just because they were dumb enough to buy DRM-protected tracks... Yeah they were dumb, but that doesn't mean they 'deserve' to see their money disappear into the ether, does it!?

Thou shall not buy DRM infected HARDWARE

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