Eureka! Ditching DRM Decreases Piracy

DRM only hurts legitimate customers.

The phrase above has been written a few dozen times here on TorrentFreak, and it’s now supported by an academic report.

Researchers from Rice and Duke University looked into the effect of digital restrictions on music piracy. In their paper Music Downloads and the Flip Side of Digital Rights Management Protection they conclude that DRM doesn’t prevent piracy at all. Quite the opposite.

Only the legal users pay the price and suffer from the restrictions. Illegal users are not affected because the pirated product does not have DRM restrictions, the researchers write in their report — via

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