The Denver Public Library has started to offer downloadable video content on their Web site. I plan on testing it out shortly and writing a full review of the system. However, in looking through some of the documentation I found this little gem on the help page:
“The Windows Media Security Upgrade is a one-time process that must be performed before Microsoft Windows Media Player will allow any copyright-protected files to be played.”
This sentence is misleading at best and a lie at worst. Windows Media Player will play copyright protected files just fine without this “security upgrade”. I can stick the recently released DVD of King Kong, clearly protected by copyright, into my computer and play it with Windows Media Player just fine without this “security upgrade”. What it won’t play without the upgrade is files that include the DRM restrictions that the content creator is using to enforce their copyright. Yes, it’s semantics, but this is an important issue when attempting to explain to people why they need this software just to watch a video. Copyright protection is a concept, DRM is software.
Update 04/14: I have contacted DPL regarding this issue and here’s their reply —
“Thank you for calling our attention to this. We are working with the vendor to revise the wording.”