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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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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).
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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.
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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.
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jallen327 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like the watermarks that Paizo.com, rpg.drivethrustuff.com, 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.
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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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katheb Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Professional Filmographer
I honestly don't know how you would go about it, even if it does have DRM, images can be copied too easily for any DRM to work.

I mean big companies are trying their damnedest to find a way and they have not found one that does not piss off customers to some degree.
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Asura-Shudo Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Student General Artist
I'd say DRM the more popular ones or the ones you think should be DRM. I bought 4 of your comics on Lulu, which were all pretty good, wouldn't mind if they were DRMed cause I bought em so they're mine now. Don't know if it would backfire, but it would show that you are okay with people downloading some of your stuff, but it would help to support you and if they do, they can read the good stuff when they actually purchase those said DRM'd comics.
Sounds stupid I know but keep up the good work.
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40kfreak Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
I dunno if you have tried this before, but what about trying a pay what you want method. Suggest $4USD (slightly higher than what you charge now), have a minimum of $1.5 or $2 and see if the lower prices are incentive enough to get those who would not otherwise buy into it. And those who are fans of your work could pay more. I don't know how well it would work for art but may be worth a shot.
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CKentavr Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
What losses?  If people aren't going to pay for it, they aren't going to pay for it.
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aliciainezperez Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Not necessarily. There are many products I wouldn't or can't pay for, but give me an option to pay what I want and I'll gladly throw some dollars at it based on what it's worth to me.

Yeah, some people refuse pay for anything, but many others are willing to pay what they can/want, given the opportunity to do so. It's not a waste of time to try to collect what you earned, even if it's just a fraction of your asking price.
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