The Good News Is DRM Free is Pirated at Lower Rate than DRM. Pirating Numbers Still High
Developer 2D Boy has written that they are seeing an 82% piracy rate for everyone’s favorite DRM-free physics puzzler, World of Goo . . . The article also features a fascinating comparison with the piracy rate of another game that was shipped complete with DRM, at 92%.
DRM has never stopped piracy. The only people inconvenienced (or actively ripped off) by DRM are the honest customers who paid for their content. There’s no denying that piracy of electronic media is a problem, but DRM isn’t a solution; all it does is antagonize the honest customers and make the ones who might be teetering between buying a copy and downloading a free copy tilt over into getting the one that’s free and neither opens hackable holes in their computer’s security nor stops working after some arbitrary point.
Me — yep, that’s pretty much it in a nutshell. [wry smile]
a) DRM is like waving a flag in front of a bull…it makes people itch to crack it for no other reason than it annoys them. Personally, I read on multiple formats, so I have to strip DRM off ebooks to be able to read what I paid for wherever I want.
b) all the cool things have DRM on them. so…yeah, pirated more than the not cool things.