Originally Posted by remilard
You actually believe that DRM (ITMS, DVD, SACD) is not a response to illegal distribution of media on the internet over the last ten years?
Yes. Perhaps its just because I remember running paperclip on a C64 with the hardware dongle back in '85 when filling up a floppy (they really were floppy in those days) required over an hour at 400 baud connected to a BBS with 1 phone line. (Usually the one shared by the fax after business hours.) "File sharing" meant showing up at the computer club with a floppy filled with code that you painstakingly entered from a magazine. Actually, I remember that paperclip required two hardware dongles, one for the word processor, and one for the spellchecker.
Back then, it was just called "copy protection." Your video tape may or may not have played on your VCR the 10th time you watched the film, depending on how low Macrovision had cut the signal to prevent copying. Dragon Riders of Pern used a special sector of the floppy to prevent copying (thankfully I was sick of the game by the time it wore out). Cassette tapes had the magic tones that could be used to identify a dub from the real thing. And does anybody else remember an entire episode of some 70s sitcom in which the Doobie Brothers gave a speech about illegal concert recordings? (I think it was "Good Times" or something like that.)
So heck yeah. "DRM" is not entirely a response to Napster or Kazaa, but a response to the development of consumer-grade magnetic media back in the 1970s. As soon as consumer video and audio tapes were invented, the MPAA and RIAA were seeking legal and technical methods for preventing unauthorized copies, distinguishing copies from originals, and getting their cut from what they saw as an epidemic of illegal dubs, mixtapes, and recordings of broadcast shows.
And it's really interesting that the rhetoric has not changed either. The MPAA argued about the time of the betamax decision that the VCR will kill both the movie industry, and television. That didn't happen then, and I don't think that digital media piracy is killing music, movies, radio or TV now.