back to article DRM is NOT THE LAW, I AM THE LAW, says JUDGE DREDD

Rebellion, the games developer that owns 2000AD - British comics' finest product – has banished digital rights management (DRM) from Mega-City One. The company's announced that once punters purchase tales of Judge Dredd, Strontium Dog or Rogue Trooper online, they'll be able to access DRM-free downloadables of their purchases …

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Zargoz!

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Headmaster

I believe you mean "Zarjaz!"

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Arrg! Very true: it's the cubes for me!

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Could have been worse. Could have been "Zardoz".

Pass the mind bleach.

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Thinking exactly the same thing....

But sheeing shaun connery dashing around in the deshert with just a webley pistol and a leather braces & underwear ish prishlesh.

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This is how it should be done

Because, after all, when you stop subscribing to a magazine or newspaper all your copies don't disappear in a puff of smoke.

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Re: This is how it should be done

"all your copies don't disappear in a puff of smoke."

though in the case of the 1980s issues I recently found in my loft, they can go a bit crinkly and yellow

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below is a list where DRM successfully stopped piracy

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Re: below is a list where DRM successfully stopped piracy

Invalid xml my friend, invalid xml. That failed to parse :)

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Re: below is a list where DRM successfully stopped piracy

Who said it was xml? In DRM land we do it proprietary style.

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Anonymous Coward

Re: below is a list where DRM successfully stopped piracy

Remember, home taping is killing music.

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Re: below is a list where DRM successfully stopped piracy

"Remember, home taping is killing music."

I wish it would kill Gene Simmons. I'm not sure how he dares to call himself a musician anymore, all he ever goes on about is how much he earns.

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Re: below is a list where DRM successfully stopped piracy

... and of a similar vintage to 2000AD, emblazoned on the back of a certain north eastern heavy metal band's LPs: "Home taping is killing music ... and so are Venom".

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"Remember, home taping is killing music."

Funny, I thought it was Simon Cowell???

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Re: below is a list where DRM successfully stopped piracy

No Simon Cowell is MURDERING music,

P.

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"No Simon Cowell is MURDERING music"

Incorrect - Simon Cowell makes music that all sounds the same from 200 odd people/groups.

Fuck knows what pop quiz questions will be like in 20 years time...

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Re: below is a list where DRM successfully stopped piracy

Is Cowell any worse than SAW were?

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I bought stuff over a year ago and it was drm free then.

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Judge Dredd + The Reg.

Oh my, I think I have to go to the bathroom.

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drokk yeah.

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Happy

This is how you get me to buy comics I wouldn't normally read.

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Awesome, but as a subscriber to the physical mag, it would be nice to get the digital versions as part of my sub.

Sorry, obligatory negative comment there.

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As a physical print subscriber I concur, although I'd be happy to pay a tiny extra amount to have both print and digital. But, as it stands, paying full whack for both is harsh... (are you listening, Rebellion?) :-(

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And a large reduction of past editions of the comic is seriously needed! They are just too expensive IMO.

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Easily solved too..

A one time QR code printed in the mag, permits legitimate purchaser to download digital copy.

Does that seem too easy??????

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"... and the sentence is DEATH".

Judge Death's line I believe, rather than Dredd's.

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Re: "... and the sentence is DEATH".

Dredd has sentenced many people to death. Judge Death's line is specifically "The crime isss life.... the ssssentence isss DEATH!"

tl;dr - grexnix.

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Foooolsssssss

You cannot kiiiill what doesssss not liiiive.

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The really sad thing?

I used to have a huuuuge stack of the originals and the got skipped during a move....

Never mind the value, there was years or re-reading in them still

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Re: The really sad thing?

Same here. I lost a load from the 70's and 80's when I moved south. My 90's collection I had to sell due for financial reasons a few years ago. Got a good price though, think I got about £80 a box for them (at least 2 boxes worth)

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Amazing news! Publisher being sensible for once

I sense a re-sub coming

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Credo!

With an awfully long flight ahead of me next month, this has just given me a great idea to get back to my youth. How I loved 2000AD back in the day, as I'm sure many on here did.

Grokk, it's about time I got off my arse and did something about it! How do these e-comic thingeymebobs work out on a small screen like a S5, or is it strictly tablet only?

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Not too bad on a small screen; resolution is pretty high. You can always pinch/zoom for detail.

I converted my toothy paper subs to the e-subs about a year ago and the only thing I miss is the fact that the prog arrived through the post so I had to read it quickly or SWMBO would nag me about leaving it lying around.

Nowadays, I occasionally forget to read it for a couple of weeks.

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Re: Credo!

Thanks for that, I jut don't want to spend all my time navigating it rather than reading. Think I'll give it a shot.

+1 Sub....

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Started reading it from Prog 13...

...when I was 6 (read the ultra gory Action comic before that, thanks Dad) but stopped around 1981. Then my brother started getting it again around 1985 and has every copy since plus all the spin offs and collections.

Yes, you guessed right. he doesn't have a girlfriend.

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Re: Started reading it from Prog 13...

I remember it dissapearing for a while, in the middle of Kids Rule OK days

Ah the Robo Hunter and Johnny Alpha days

<reminisce>

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Re: Started reading it from Prog 13...

Sounds like he has a big old building to store them in as well..

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Re: Started reading it from Prog 13...

Yeah...Mum and Dads house.

Parasite!

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I still get the comics

Have done for over 30 years, its just not the same readin them on the screen :)

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Image have been selling all their stuff DRM free for a while now, nice to see more publishers getting on the bandwagon.

If only because with a DRM free comic I can 'lend' a copy to a friend which might result in a new sale. A non-shareable DRM copy just guarantees there won't be a second sale.

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First copy...

I remember the first copy I ever read, had a Dan Dare storyline in it from the mid 70's. Not sure why it was in the house. After that the first series I remember reading (and then continuing through to the 90's) started with Block Mania. Since then I collected a few older issues (such as the first Nemesis the Warlock issue) and continued through to the death of Johnny Alpha. Gave up after that (with the occasional issue now and then) as I found the current format to be nowhere near as good as the old format. Might just be me but it doesn't seem to be as good value anymore, each issue now seems thin in comparison to the older issues (never mind the cost of them now) and the story lines don't seem to be as good, with the exception of Dredd and the infrequent classic characters returning.

Did enjoy Nikolai Dante though, so there are some good new characters. I'll probably just pick up the graphic novels when they come out now.

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Great, but...

... WHEN are they going to sort things out so we can subscribe to the Digital Version of 2000 AD and get it delivered straight to our Inboxes as soon as it's published instead of having to go to their website and buy each copy individually (which is the online version of going down to the shop and buying it in person)?

PS been reading since Prog 1 and got the complete collection up to #1890 when I went digital :-)

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Tempted to buy their stuff

I'm serious tempted to buy their stuff now, even though I have zero interest in reading them. The best and simplest way to encourage behaviour like this, is to reward it.

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Re: Tempted to buy their stuff

You may even find them worth a read, its been a while since I have read 200AD, but if thir storylines are still up there with the Democracy storyline they did, then its matching some books counted as proper literature for quality.

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Good news

More pirates and facilitators of piracy will go to prison as a result of this foolishness. It's all good in the end.

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(Written by Reg staff)

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Your repeated prison fantasies are both bizarre and unwelcome. Take heed of your rejected 300+ posts and change the record.

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But Orlowski is a member of staff isn't he? You're paying him to be here ferchristsakes!

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"Your repeated prison fantasies are both bizarre and unwelcome."

Can I quote that in court this month? I've got a date with a sheriff who thinks he's Judge Dredd.

I just watched an episode of Alias Smith and Jones with the wrong actor and have lost the will to go on the run.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alias_Smith_and_Jones#Death_of_Pete_Duel

I pasted all my old 2000ADs onto bus-shelters in chronological order, and then I found a cartoon version of this classic online, so I printed and pasted it too. It occurs to me now that this may be the longest sentence in Sci-Fi, and perhaps the most terrifying:

It was just like what they did to Winston Smith in "1984," which was a book none of them knew about, but the techniques are really quite ancient, and so they did it to Everett C. Marm, and one day quite a long time later, the Harlequin appeared on the communications web, appearing elfish and dimpled and bright-eyed, and not at all brainwashed, and hesaid he had been wrong, that it was a good, a very good thing indeed, to belong, and be right on time hip-ho and away we go, and everyone stared up at him on the public screens that covered an entire city block, and they said to themselves, well, you see, he was just a nut after all, and if that's the way the system is run, then let's do it that way, because it doesn't pay to fight city hall, or in this case, the Ticktockman.

Bus-shelters are the worst form of time-travel.

It starts with a great quote from Thoreau's On Civil Disobedience, but here is a more appropriate quote for the daftie above:

"Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison."

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Excellent news

I'll plan to be spending more of my hard won Galactic Groats with them then.

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hehehe

I can still remember buying the very first copy of 2000ad with the red 3 pronged spinny boomerang thing on the front. Oh how I wish I hadn't opened / read / used it.

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