PS3 Video Store provides more reason to avoid DRM


It took awhile to shake out, but the DRM nastiness associated with the Sony Video Store is becoming an issue now that those tiny PS3 hard drives are beginning to fill-up. Turns out that if you delete purchased video to free-up space then you'll have to place a call to Sony customer service to authorize a one-time only re-download from your PSN download list. Not too horrible, after all, you can just swap out the hard drive yourself and then migrate all your video, right? Probably not -- as spelled out by the terms and conditions of Sony's Backup Utility:
If you perform any of the following operations after backing up, copyright-protected video files in the backup data may not restore correctly.
  • Format the hard disk
  • Restore the PS3™ system
  • Move copyright-protected video
  • Download copyright-protected video
  • Play copyright-protected video that has a time restriction for the first time
In other words, your PS3 (and up to 3 PSPs) owns the purchased video, you do not.

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