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Why Square Enix uses DRM

Square Enix uses digital rights management to earn profits and protect its intellectual property, Square Enix America's senior manager of business and legal affairs Adam Sullivan told TorrentFreak.

Square Enix has "a well-known reputation for being very protective of our IPs," Sullivan said, and it employs DRM to further that goal.

"The primary benefit to us is the same as with any business: profit," he said.

Though he acknowledged that some players have problems and there is "no perfect solution yet," DRM also has other benefits that help developers.

"When F2P began trending, lots of people thought it would be the death of DRM. I remember talking with one F2P developer who couldn't imagine why hackers would want to attack his game, since it was free and all. Two months later they were barraged with several hacks.

"So long as we're concerned about things like data privacy, accounting sharing and hacking, we'll need some form of DRM."

Sullivan will speak at the Anti-Piracy & Content Protection Summit, which will be held June 23-25 in Los Angeles. His talk, "Addressing the Benefits and Impediments of DRM," will "review the use of DRM and how it has actively helped or hurt business models within creative content industries."

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