Editor’s note: Cory Doctorow is a science-fiction author, activist, journalist and blogger, as well as the co-editor of Boing Boing. The former European director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and co-founder of the U.K. Open Rights Group lives in London. This is an excerpt from the chapter “Worse Than Nothing” from his latest book “Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free” published this month by McSweeney’s.
The technical implausibility and unintended consequences of digital locks are big problems for digital-lock makers. But we’re more interested in what digital locks do to creators and their investors, and there’s one important harm we need to discuss before we move on. Digital locks turn paying customers into pirates.
One thing we know about audiences is that they aren’t very interested in hearing excuses about why they can’t buy the media they want, when they want it, in the format they want to buy it…
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