New poll: Who benefits from DRM

by Volker Weber

This is not going to be an easy one. Think before you vote. Who benefits from DRM (Digital Rights Management)?

The results:


Well, the music industry and the vendor surely do make profits with it, but they would make even more profits if they sold the stuff DRM-free, so Nobody is the correct answer.

Philipp Sury, 2007-01-16

And I thought you worked in science. Tsk.

Volker Weber, 2007-01-16

According to this Slashdot story it would appear to be the vendors.

Joerg Michael, 2007-01-17

For sure, these are not going to be the customers, but suppose that probably nobody...

Nina Penkovska, 2007-01-17

Law enforcers ???

Arnd Layer, 2007-01-17

Phillip, as much as I can follow you on this, I don't think vowe puts out polls where there is a "correct answer". It's not a quizz you do to test students here ;-)

Ragnar Schierholz, 2007-01-17

Yeah, I think the lawyers are the only ones to really benefit in the long run. A particular vendor may be benefiting now due to them being in a dominant position, but DRM doesn't benefit vendors in general any more than any other monopolistic device.

Kerr Rainey, 2007-01-17

The correct answer is the software developers who get giant outsource contracts to write and continue to update the software and firmware to enforce DRM.

Rob Novak, 2007-01-17

Ragnar, I always thought we're Volker's students. ;-)

Philipp Sury, 2007-01-18

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