Originally Posted by Misfit
I remember - but anything **can** be hacked - The majority won't
I also remember the RIAA saying at the time (long before napster) that digital was being looked at - but they did want to "do anything" until they had the security / ant-piracy ducks all in a row - does not work - the world keeps turning while you wait.
Take small steps, piece by piece and adjust as needed - go for "good enough" as "perfect" will never come
The point we were making was that you have four kinds of users of digital content.
End users who buy, rent, stream or download paid content and use it for their personal use. They may copy it from computer to CD for the car or kitchen but they are NOT in the biz/hobby to distribute content.
End users who "collect". These users download EVERYTHING, whether it is the latest music, video, pictures, porn, shareware or house plans. If they had to buy, they would not but they are also not users in the normal sense of the word and they also collect, not distribute on a mass basis [unless to other "collectors"]. No harm since these are just bits floating around, not sales lost. These copies also are usually from cheap CoDecs which lose much quality and echoes are not the same as originals.
End users who buy content and copy for friends. This subset does take money out of RIAA pockets - much smaller than RIAA likes to admit as they add Collector to all totals.
Pirates are the main threat to RIAA members. They take content, burn new masters, reproduce content and manufacture NEW originals. This is where RIAA needs to address their efforts but that is "HARD".
RIAA prefers low fruit to going after the folks who actually do them damage.
The point was keep it simple, not hose up production with handshakes, timers, things to piss off the PAYING customers. Understand that the majority of users, as always are honest and spend time going after the ones that can really hurt you. They will defeat any security that is implemented anyway.
FYI I have over 1,000 Copyrighted items on which I maintain a business use. I have made $75,000 in settlements in Federal Copyright infringements so I am very aware of, and support full Copyright protections.