Victorian Squid wrote:
I don't think it's a problem with DRM specifically, can't encrypted files be downloaded?
It's a larger problem with this whole "cloud"-based idea, isn't it? I thought you were a huge proponent of "the cloud" as you called it, before they started raining on everybody, weren't you? Doesn't that idea of how data is managed and stored preclude the type of ownership you want for most things?
Keeping in mind that a) I do agree with you on the ownership part of the issue, and personally would never trust that "cloud"-based method of storage for anything I didn't want lost of to lose access to (or at all if I can help it, I like my comics as low-tech as possible). b) I think IP owners should take whatever measures they can to protect against piracy to whatever extent they can. c) I don't think people will stop stealing content no matter how it's packaged or sold or stored, and I think your most ideal method for selling and storing would just make it easier for people to do so.
Comixology does not allow you to download files. You can download software or mp3s or video that has DRM, and you can crack it, but the point is that the majority of people don't have the skill or time or desire to bother with that. So what are their options? Deal with shitty, locked down content that only works on certain devices and can't be used freely, or just go pirate the shit for free? I think DRM makes piracy the more attractive option, and that's why it's stupid and doesn't work.
I think most people don't mind paying a fair price for stuff. I think people want companies, particularly entertainment companies, to succeed and make money and continue to produce entertainment for them. DRM doesn't work. It hasn't stopped piracy at all. Anything you could possibly want is available to torrent or whatever because people just break the fucking DRM. So what good is it doing, other than to be a pain in the ass for consumers who legally purchase this content? Absolutely none.
As for Comixology, they offer cloud based content, but like I said, you can't download it. I think the cloud is great, but I think that's got nothing to do with this, which is an issue of licensing and right of first sale, and the idea that corporations want to take this right away. They are salivating over a business model where they charge you per use for this stuff. Every time you want to listen to something or watch something or read something, they would love for you to pay for it. That's where they're trying to lead the industries. I think it's bullshit.
The cloud is a distributed computing and storage solution, and you could use it wisely, or you could use it shittily,which is what Comixology is doing. Moreso though, they were just managing their service shittily in general. And if their servers were true cloud servers, they could have expanded their capacity to meet the need. That's the service Amazon offers with their cloud computing. In fact, this type of server overload is exactly the kind of thing cloud computing is a solution for.
I have to believe Comixology's servers are underprovisioned. They're obviously at a point where they have the capacity to meet their normal usage and can't cope with an increase. That's a shitty way to do business.