Notch: Forget DRM, 'focus on the honest people'

'Futile' DRM efforts are just 'evil companies trying to control information'

Minecraft creator Marcus 'Notch' Persson has joined the band of devs in opposition to DRM, calling it futile and intrusive.


"There are so many evil companies that want to control the flow of information because they managed to do so for 20 years, and they want to do it forever," he told the latest issue of Game Informer.

"That's not really how information behaves. Copying something on the internet is a free process, and it's easy to do. You literally cannot install a game without copying. Everything is copying, all the time. Trying to control that is counterproductive.

"If you really want to control it, you have to have hardcore, technical solutions to it. So, you have futile attempts like DRM. It gets more and more intrusive... I thing [the internet is] fine as it is; I'm making lots of money off it. Piracy isn't stopping us. Sure, we'd prefer if people bought the game, but there are enough honest people out there. so, just focus on the honest people."

This is similar to statements made by The Witcher 2 developer CD Projekt, which has vowed 'never' to use DRM again.