Yes, Virginia, they really are out to get you.
What DOES DRM Really Mean?
- You start up a DVD movie and before the film starts, you encounter an annoying advertisement. But when you try to fast-forward past the commercial, your player does not respond.
- You can play your new audio CD on your stereo system, but when you insert it into the CD drive on your Macintosh computer, the CD doesn't work.
Worse still, the machine crashes and refuses to reboot. The disc remains stuck in the drive until you force the tray open by inserting a paper clip.
- You try to reinstall your tax preparation software on the new PC you just bought, but it comes up in a "trial" mode: You can't file or print your return---unless you pay for the product again.
- You want to time-shift a TV program for later viewing, but your digital video recorder detects a signal known as the broadcast flag in the program and won't record it.
- You buy an e-book and discover you can read it on-screen but can't print a chapter, even though the book is by Dickens and entered the public domain more than a century ago.
Article at PC Magazine.