Welcome to the wonderful world of DRM

I finally had to get myself a tri-band mobile phone — goodbye to my trusty and robust ME45 which will enter history as the perfect mobile phone with just one frequency band too few. While browsing the manual of the successor, I noticed a full pag…

I finally had to get myself a tri-band mobile phone — goodbye to my trusty and robust ME45 which will enter history as the perfect mobile phone with just one frequency band too few. While browsing the manual of the successor, I noticed a full page of legal caveats related to using WAP. Most importantly, I’m told, any repair or exchange of the new device is likely to erase everything I’ve downloaded, so I should better keep backup copies on a PC. Siemens takes no liability for this.However, I’m told, the new mobile comes with DRM technology included, so I may just be unable to make any copies at all of DRM protected content that I’ve downloaded through WAP, not even for backup purposes. And they don’t make any representations (and don’t take any liability) that I’ll be able to get the same for-pay content again.So I’m supposed to pay for stupid ringtones and wallpapers that I’m going to lose when I switch to the next mobile phone, and that I’m going to lose if I have to turn in this one for repair? I’m supposed to pay for crippled content when there’s a wealth of MIDI files available online freely, and when creating a wallpaper is as easy as firing up Gimp and creating a small JPG that’s then transferred to the phone with obexftp?Building a business model on customers’ stupidity looks like a bad idea to me.