The DRM Chair

From thedeconstruction.org (a website that I confess I know nothing about) comes the DRM Chair, a chair that ” has only a limited number of use before it self-destructs”. Check out the video illustrating how the DRM on chair works below.

On the one hand, I find this, like most other reductio ad absurdum arguments, amusing. On the other the hand, the conflation of intellectual property — things like books, databases, and DVDs that are routinely sold with DRM embedded in the products — with physical property — things like houses, cars, land, and yes, chairs — has caused all sorts of hyperbole in the copyright/piracy debate that isn’t at all amusing. Well, I guess I’ll just enjoy the amusing chair for a limited time until it self-destructs.

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