Aziz Ansari has joined comedians including Jim Gaffigan and Louis CK (who introduced the innovative idea) in offering DRM-free media for low prices.Following Louis CK’s successful digital distribution experiment, popular stand-up comedian and actor Aziz Ansari is doing the same with his $5 digital release of one-hour special Dangerously Delicious…CK’s distribution method was probably looked at questionably from media bigwigs because without DRM software that prevents copying, people can pirate the special easily. But there’s an argument on the other side that people pirate so much because of the dumb restrictions companies put in place on a product consumers would be willing to buy at a reasonable price.
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This is an interesting question. There is no doubt that Louis CK made a ton of money on this. I think that it might be too late for this to work on a mainstream scale, though. I feel that people are too stuck with the idea that they can get any media for free. Having cheap DRM-free media makes the artist more money than they would through other means (YouTube, Spotify, illegal downloading, etc.), so in that aspect it could be better than nothing.