Cohen on DRM and 'Usability Problems'
Also addresses job rumors...
There were rumors
last week that Bram Cohen, creator of Bit Torrent, was being replaced as the company tries to woo movie and film executives into supporting their coming on-line video store. Cohen insists he's going nowhere
and gives Wired News some info on the upcoming store. A polite, political quote on DRM:
"We're rolling out with some content DRM'd, using Windows DRM, at the insistence of our content partners. We're very concerned about the usability problems DRM introduces, and are educating our content partners about the lost commercial opportunity."
This "legitimization push"
has included embedding Bit Torrent in consumer-grade routers
and pushing the idea of cached content to ISPs
in order to prevent Bit Torrent traffic throttling.
There is ample precedent for the founding father of a company to be kicked upstairs as part of a funding deal to drastically expand the scope of a company. The investors want a seasoned pro used to dealing with a rapidly growing company. That is, one who is an experienced manager. Cohen could become Chairman and chief technologist(and the major stockholder) while a new guy takes on the CEO/President job to run the business(especially the finances) on a day to day basis.
Cohen may be kicked upstairs despite the denials
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| |MaxoYour tax dollars at work.Premium,VIP
Re: Cohen may be kicked upstairs despite the denials While not unusual you often get stuck with people like Eisner and be in the same situation Disney is in. Disney used to be a hallmark of American creativity. Now they have to pay another company to make movies for them and for everything else they just rehash the same old, same old.
Keeping a guy who understands the creativity that gives them a business in the first place can often be more powerful than a run-of-the-mill bean counter/manager.
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DRM would eventually f*ck up their business... ... and he knows it, no matter how polite he's trying to be with those fatass, clueless-useless parasites called studio management.
| |dadkinsCan you do Blu?Premium,MVM
DRM = BS While I agree that *Artists* should get paid for their works, once the file is mine... I should be able to play that file on any device I own without some bullshit DRM gumming up the works.
Limiting playback to 1? 3? different transfers is dumb!
"No burn" restrictions? Bite me!
Until I can get legit works without all the garbage, I will go "elsewhere" and get CLEAN files for my enjoyment on whatever device I wish, whenever I wish.
If I really want to do it, I can remove DRM from the files I get - the point is, I shouldn't have to!
Instead of ???? producer spending millions on DRM(and passing the cost on to *ME*), how about better, smarter marketing and getting some better talent?
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Re: One word Well said, I second that.
| |POBRes Firma Mitescere NescitPremium
Bronx Cheer For You Cohen can take his "polite" statements about DRM and kiss my ass. Kiss BT goodbye, buddy, b/c once you start infecting files with DRM garbage, no one will use it.
Re: Bronx Cheer For You Blame the Major Movie Studio and Record label execs that believe that Microsoft's DRM snake oil actually works .
Many Independant record labels and movie producers do not use DRM at all .
Bram wants your upload ....for nothing I love this quote from Brams interview
who is he kidding
"BC: Peer distribution allows for more content, at higher quality, than could possibly be distributed otherwise, and that's a big win for end users. It isn't like end-user resources are being used with no benefit to them.
Users are happy to contribute bandwidth as long as it's part of a service they want and doesn't interfere with their general web-browsing experience. We've got technology to automatically reduce transfer rates when the user's net connection is being used for something else, so only spare bandwidth is used."
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Re: Bram wants your upload ....for nothing Ya, right pay for the privilege using a bit-torrent store and let them run their business by using my band width. So instead of putting in a decent server farm with a version of bit-torrent to use it. Do these people honestly think we are that stupid......I guess they do.
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Bad Technology Cohen should be kicked if he has anything, even remotly, to do with DRM technology!
Can you say sell-out?
| |Combat ChuckToo Many CannibalsPremium
Re: Bad Technology Can you say "realist".
Not everyone wants to live in a shanty just so they can uphold a some stance that ranks right up there with choice of car colour in actual importance. His thing is digital distribution, if he wants any chance at success he has to have content to distribute and the only way he's going to get that content is to let the copyright holder incorporate DRM if they so choose.
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