paltemalte writes: "Off the record the big studios readily admits that DRM is not meant to fight piracy. Its meant to boost studio profits by taking away the rights that regular paying customers expect. Like being able to view your movie in any compatible device, or letting a friend borrow it.
From the story:
For almost ten years now I have argued that digital rights management has little to do with piracy, but that is instead a carefully plotted ruse to undercut fair use and then create new revenue streams where there were previously none. I will briefly repeat my argument here before relating a prime example of it in the wild.
In a nutshell: DRM's sole purpose is to maximize revenues by minimizing your rights so that they can sell them back to you."
Creighton Bildstein writes: "I'd like to know how businesses are dealing with their sensitive data-containing hard drives at the end of the technology lifecycle in their PCs, laptops and servers. Do they:
A) Format the drives and sell or donate the machines
B) Wipe the drives with Dept. of Defense software and then sell or donate the machines
C) Completely destroy the drives via a shredder or something similar and dispose of the PC, laptop or server in an environmentally- friendly manner"