Deputy Sheriff said to me
Tell me what you come here for, boy.
You better get your bags and flee.
You’re in trouble boy,
And now you’re heading into more.
Sean’s example of CNBC.com and its archives policy made me wonder about something. Why would anyone do something like that? Why would anyone take something that was already made available for multiple devices and then pay to reduce the market opportunity?
- One, incompetence. They didn’t know they were doing the restricting.
- Two, greed. They were paid to use a walled garden.
- Three, line-of-least-resistance. They could not find a way of implementing their DRM without restricting choice further.
Even the optimist in me thinks it is possibility 3. After all, we live in a world where people can come up with rank stupidities such as Region Coding.