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XKCD cartoon on DRM

This came up on the backstage mailing list today. I'm sure most people will shake there heads knowing there's a whole lot of truth in what's been drawn. But for those who are not, can I remind them of the nightmare some customers are having with Walmart. Apple were also threating to leave the digital music store business a while back, which would have screwed over tons of people. This is another reason why I only buy Mpeg3s and Flacs from stores like Audiojelly. I've started adding a section to my data portability talk about the trouble with DRM because its such a problem.

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