Should I Care about Digital Watermarking

I’m having a hard time getting worked up about digital watermarking.

The most annoying thing about music with DRM “protection” was that it made it tougher to play on the device of your choice.

With watermarking, a song purchased from iTunes, for example, could have your email address embedded in the file, so if the MP3 you purchased ended up on a P2P network you’d have some explainin’ to do.

DRM Is Dead, But Watermarks Rise From Its Ashes

Art Brodsky, of Public Knowledge, was quick to provide an answer.

“They’ll do anything they can to get ammunition, including submitting the information to Congress, publishing research and whatever, so long as they can blame everything on piracy,” Brodsky said.

EFF’s Von Lohmann speculated that watermarks could even enable ISPs to filter out peer-to-peer traffic when they detect a copyright work in transit.

If those are the best arguments against watermarketing, I don’t get it.

Couldn’t watermarking also be used to show that major labels are selling less because they’re putting out uninspiring music?

Wouldn’t filtering copyright infringing content be a good thing?

What am I missing here?

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