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I tried out a DRM for my digital comics a while back. It was way too clunky and irritated the people who actually buy my comics rather than hang around dubious forums begging people to post them for free. This meant I basically had to sit back and accept the losses being incurred through unauthorised distribution – and by “unauthorised distribution”, I don’t mean one person posting it to another person, I mean the product I’m trying to sell being made available for anyone and everyone to download free for an indefinite period. Something which the offenders don’t seem to believe (or care) to be damaging.
Recently, some bright spark has collected every scrap of digital material I’ve ever created with the intent to sell and put it all in one place as a free download. This has essentially wiped out my inventory and is forcing me to take another look at possible DRMs I can apply to future digital content.
I’ve earmarked a few that I’m going to examine more closely, but if anyone has a recommendation, feel free to post it below.
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m4xm0u53 Featured By Owner Edited Nov 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
If it exists, it's been cracked and pirated. No exceptions. DRM your comics and people will crack and pirate them just for bragging rights. Sort of a fun sport for people on my end of the internet to get the first crack on some DRM. In fact they will sometimes do it just to spite the fact that you use DRM.

Though I don't understand why they are putting you on the Warez lists. It's not like you are as large as Marvel or DC. Usually it's big media publishers or fat cat authors that they pick on. They never pick on the independents or at least most of them don't. 
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jollyjack Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014
Don't try to drag me into this, please.
BigLoader69 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
For your info I wasn't. 
The person my brother was arguing with block him so I couldn't info him of what his words caused.
Why not let him & others see? I guess you don't care!

For further info this account is closed!!
Afrodisium Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
There's a very popular 3D hentai doujin circle called Umemaro3D that tried to prevent people from distributing their work but using an obscure video encryption and using a launcher to encrypt and play the videos they make.  Their work still ends up online because some enterprising bugger buys a copy, takes screen captures like they do with video games, and then posts those online after editing.  There's always a way to break DRM.  If a crook is determined enough, he will find a way.  In the meantime, you run the risk of alienating your base.  DRM is a bitch to deal with, especially when the method you use ceases to exist, and all the stuff you purchased no longer works.  I've had that happen to me with Atom Films and RealPlayer (to their credit, RealPlayer allowed you to download DRM free MP3s of everything you bought when they shut down their DRM).
Draber-Bien Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
It's pretty silly to think that someone who doesn't want to pay for something won't find a way not to pay for it. DRM ONLY hurts your paying costumers.
SannyF Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014
patreon drive is one that has proven fairly successful to some thoe you have to be showcasing it properly also.

there is so much ways you can go at it with this but often a mix of what ytou ahve bundle with patreon is a way to probrably go for, i know i will and works on.
jallen327 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like the watermarks that,, etc. does on their PDF's.  I'm not sure where you'd find that kind of technology, but it basically puts your email address into the PDF's headers and footers.  I certainly don't mind it.
Karl1666 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014
Not to DRM. Take CDProjekt (authors of the Witcher computer RPG game) as example.
People will take it for free anyway, don't worry about them.
Instead, care for the paying customers. Add something extra that is not available online etc.
Or forget about web-comic and sell printed version.
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