DRM talk

I sent Ed Foster a mail a while back about this column, which dealt with one unfortunate soul's problems with DRM preventing him from a legitimate usage of the software he purchased. My mail is at the botton of the follow-up article. (The comment that says the copy protection is against the personal computer tradition). Honestly I think DRM is only going to hurt companies, who will inadvertantly drive customers to seek less-encumbered versions of their products. Many of these people will find opensource and GPLed solutions in their quest. They'll find software that is not constricting, but liberating, and they'll be able to use the software freely and help improve it. And the companies who thought DRM would help their bottom line will find good company with dBase IV, Lotus 123, and other computer programs that went the way of the dodo.