Long time DRM-free advocates GOG.com is taking on Hollywood. Having just recently launched a redesign of their website, GOG will now start offering DRM-free movies, along with their vast library of DRM-free games.
While the downloadable videos will be mainly gaming related, including titles like 'Once Upon Atari' and 'Indie Game: The Movie', these can be purchased from $5.99 and will be completely DRM free. This means these movies can be copied, transferred, converted, and basically used in any way the buyer wishes, without any restrictions whatsoever.
Some titles will also be free, as in price, as well as freedom in regards to DRM. Currently, both 'Art of Playing' and 'TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay Away From Keyboard' are available to download for free for all registered users.
Guillaume Rambourg, GOG.com VP for North America, says studios while acknowledging that DRM is largely useless, are still hesitant to sign up until others make the same move.
"Our initial idea was to start with the big guys, but the process is not easy," says Rambourg. "In our first round of talks, the response was largely, 'We love your ideas, but we do not want to be the first ones. We will gladly follow, but until somebody else does it first, we do not want to take the risk.' Most studio officials agreed that DRM is pointless, but were quick to add that the lawyers would not allow them to get rid of it."
While admitting that GOG's current movie offerings are a small step forward in the right directions, Rambourg says the company hopes that all movies and TV shows in the future will be released in a DRM fashion, to the benefit of consumers.