Publishers are more than a little squeamish about ebooks, and lending ebooks doubly so. With that in mind, it’s not really a surprise that Penguin Books has decided to pull its content from OverDrive, the lending system used by over 7,500 libraries in the U.S.. Penguin previously removed its titles, only to bring them back a few days later. This time, however, the change is looking to be permanent.
DRM sucks. You know it, we know it, Gabe Newell and CD Projekt know it. Ubisoft apparently never got the memo however, and in the process of switching servers next week, the company will offer up yet another reason for DRM sucktitude. Thanks to that nasty always-on DRM, six games won't be playable whatsoever during the move -- single player included. Plenty of other games will have their multiplayer capabilities "impacted" during the transition, including console versions of the games.
It’s a fact of life: Pirates be pirating. As a defence against having their intellectual properties swiped, cracked and traded online like so many baseball cards, a lot of companies have turned to Digital Right Management; a move that seldom does more than temporarily slow pirates and enrage paying customers. Fortunately, there’s a growing number of non-DRM related options out there for developers and software vendors to explore that’ll stymy piracy while respect the rights of their paying users. Read on for more!
If DRM was a Disney film character, it'd be Scar from The Lion King. It harms innocent folks, lets the riff-raff pillage and plunder as they please, and somehow magically causes widespread deforestation/drought over the course of a couple months. And yet, it's still king of the copy protection jungle – especially where developers like Ubisoft are concerned. So, what's wrong with the world? Paradox Interactive CEO Fred Wester thinks he knows, but that definitely doesn't mean he likes it.
We’ve almost completely given up discussing Ubisoft DRM here at Maximum PC, and with good reason. Just about every PC release seems to ship with some draconian and insanely punishing copy protection mechanism designed to drive paying customers insane. Anno 2070 was no different, releasing with an activation system that limited you to a total of 3 lifetime activations, ohh and upgrading your video card, as discovered by Guru3D, counts against this total.
When Spotify arrived in the U.S., there was such fanfare that one part of the rollout plan was largely ignored. That free Spotify playback on the desktop enjoyed by so many users was only set to last for six months, and next week is Spotify’s six-month anniversary in the U.S. market. When that sweetheart licencing arrangement is up, free Spotify accounts are going to be much more locked down.
As a little update this this season’s feel-good Internet story, comedian Louis CK announced recently that his comedy special “Live at the Beacon Theater” crossed $1 million in revenue in just 12 days. Louis CK opted to sell the video for just $5 online, and included no DRM of any kind. For treating them like grown-ups, the Internet has collectively risen up to give him its money, but he's not keeping all of it
The comedy stylings of Louis C.K. isn't for everyone. For example, monks probably won't appreciate his vulgar language, and those British Royal Guards in England hardly laugh at anything. Screw them both, because not only is the guy hilarious (check him out on YouTube when you're not at work or around children), but he proved you can make a handsome profit on digital downloads without applying the shackles of DRM.
Here at MPC, we sort of despise videogame pirates. Like, with a passion. And yet, even working with that and our penchant for dreaming up nightmarish death traps for all who cross us, we doubt we could have devised something this cruel. This horrific. This absolutely wonderful. It begins the very second you boot up a pirated copy of Serious Sam 3: BFE. Your crimes, you see, have implicitly forged some sort of eternal death pact with an absurdly speedy, even more absurdly giant pink scorpion monster. He is also immortal. No matter where you go, he will follow. On the upside, you'll never be lonely. On the downside, just kidding there is no upside. Have a gander at the video after the break and join us in a big, long laugh at pirates' expense.
You make a finite amount of money. Typically, that money gets spent on essentials, like paying the rent, your bills and procuring fine single malt scotches. With so many needs to attend to, by the end of the month, most folks find themselves with precious little scratch left over to spend on their wants, meaning that decisions and sacrifices will have to be made. Will you be going out to dinner or seeing a movie? Socking away a bit of coin for a rainy day or for a vacation? Buying software or… not? After all, why buy when you can pirate everything most of today’s popular titles for the low, low cost of free? Well, we’ll tell you. Before you decide to go torrent an application or game you’ve been keen on, consider our 10 practical arguments against piracy, and always try to remember — you get what you pay for.