Why I hate CD/DVD and DRM! by Jessica (age 2 3/4)
For someone of only 2 and three-quarters, I have a pretty large collection of DVD/VCD/CDs, probably about 70 or 80. They range from cartoons to music videos, educational shows to feature films.
Most are original, but there are a few picked up at Thai street stalls. Hey, I live in Bangkok, it's hard to be an angel!
The thing is that my favourite DVD is 'jeng' again (broken). My daddy says it's because I keep dropping it on the floor standing on it, covering it with various sticky substances that are on my fingers, and generally abusing it. He says he's already bought the DVD twice and he's not going to buy it again, I even tried the old 'hysterics' routine to no avail.
So what am I to do? Why do these things break so easily? Everyone tells me we live in a digital world where music and video can be sent over the internet virtually cost free, so why do I have to go out and buy another DVD after I get the first one scratched??
As soon as I can work out how to get stuff for free online, I'm going to stop buying DVDs, they're not good value and my 'investment' (well, daddy pays!) is not protected, because DRM ensures I can't copy the damn things.
If they gave me a T-shirt or a toy or something unique that I could only get by buying the DVD, then I might reconsider, but the music or video itself is just digital goods and the cost should be tending towards zero as the distribution costs tend to zero also.
I'm definitely going to ask Santa for some software to crack the CD and DVD DRM, so I can make as many copies as I want and not have to worry about dropping the disc or getting it covered in Jam.
Maybe I'm just naive but it seems that in a digital world, a medium that is susceptible to scratches and general wear and tear should not be the major means of secure content distribution, but then what do I know - I'm just an ignorant child consumer...