In less than two weeks, comedian Louis CK has counted $1 million from sales of his “Live at the Beacon Theater” comedy DVD on PayPal. The comedian sold the DVD for $5 to fans without any digital rights management (DRM) protection.
Nearly all digital books currently contain some sort of DRM protection–making it harder for readers to take notes, read on different devices or share the book. Publishers and authors should read Louis CK’s argument against using these tools to restrict your readership.
Here’s more from the post: “This is less than I would have been paid by a large company to simply perform the show and let them sell it to you, but they would have charged you about $20 for the video. They would have given you an encrypted and regionally restricted video of limited value, and they would have owned your private information for their own use.”