When consumer choice is not enough: Dishonest Relationship Misinformation (DRM)

When I discuss non-owner locks on technology and anti-competitive locks on content, the two highly controversial forms of so-called "Digital Rights Management", a common question comes up: If I don't like these things, why don't I just not buy them and be done with it?

While I have historically been a firm supporter of consumer boycotts, I do not believe they can be effective in this case for a number of important reasons. I am also a strong supporter of free markets, but in this case I also do not believe that markets alone can solve the problems -- partly because I don't believe we have a free market scenario.

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