GOG Gets Vulgar In Fight To Promote DRM Free Media
DRM-free approach in games has been at the heart of GOG.COM from day one. DRM (Digital Rights Management) is often used in games, movies, and other forms of media in order to deter piracy. However, pirates usually manage to crack even the toughest forms rather quickly, and older DRM solutions can even end up not working altogether on newer systems. To promote the lack of such systems, gaming storefront GOG has launched a new initiative called FCK DRM.
DRM is supposed to make it harder to pirate games. Most DRM tools accomplish this by checking in with a central server when a game is launched, but as they’ve grown increasingly complicated, they can end up taking up a surprising amount of a system’s resources. Some of the stricter DRM tools also make it impossible to play a game without an internet connection, even if the game is mostly or entirely single-player focused.
What’s Important About DRM-Free?
Lose all access, just like that
Online ownership checks can, and do, fail. Scheduled downtime, technical issues, and corporations shutting down are just everyday facts of life.
Backup, copy, use anywhere
No one else gets a say in how you store and access your media. You bought it, you own it.
Don’t rely on your internet connection. If not on principle, then for stability and convenience.
Keep your consumer rights
Don’t hand your rights over to corporations that wouldn’t trust you. Some relationships are based on trust, others on control and suspicion.
Support digital preservation
By choosing the right sources, you know that the content you bought will remain with you – no matter when it was created or for what hardware.
FCK DRM’s website makes these dangers quite clear to interested gamers. Here’s its answer to why people should care about DRM:
“Because there is a killswitch built into your games. Sure, DRM might not affect you right now, but corporations hold the key and they’ll only let you in as long as you can repeatedly prove ownership. As long as you’re connected to the internet. As long as their DRM works without fault. As long [as] they’re still around. So should the burden of proof be on you? Do you place your trust in someone who doesn’t trust you?”
Lest you think all this is merely a marketing ploy to convince people to shop via GOG instead of DRM-friendly stores like Steam–though it certainly doesn’t hurt–the site also offers resources for other DRM-free media. The problem isn’t exclusive to games; DRM is used to secure digital music, videos and books too (sellers of DRM-free media are encouraged to contact GOG via the “email@example.com” email address).
FCK DRM is most likely preaching to the choir. Many gamers have pooled their resources to “crack” the DRM on popular games so gamers can play without restriction. This enables piracy, to be sure, but at least some of the people who download these cracked games purchase them first. They simply believe they are buying a digital game, not paying for restricted and potentially temporary access to it. The distinction is vital.
Source: FCK DRM
Source: GOG FCK DRM – Free Media