Beloved DRM-free digital games distributor GOG.com is expanding its product range to cover films, kicking things off with 20 games and tech related documentaries all sold with no copy protection.
A launch promotion price is offering each movie currently on offer for US5.99 and to let users test the service out, two of the docos -- The Art of Playing
and TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay Away From Keyboard
-- are currently available completely free.
While the range is currently limited to indie films about games, the company hopes to attract major studios once the system is more established:
Our goal is to offer you cinema classics as well as some all-time favorite TV series with no DRM whatsoever, for you to download and keep on your hard drive or stream online whenever you feel like it. We talked to most of the big players in the movie industry and we often got a similar answer: "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". DRM-Free distribution is not a concept their lawyers would accept without hesitation. We kind of felt that would be the case and that it's gonna take patience and time to do it, to do it, to do it right. That's quite a journey ahead of us, but every gamer knows very well that great adventures start with one small step. So why not start with something that feels very familiar? We offer you a number of gaming and internet culture documentaries - all of them DRM-Free, very reasonably priced, and presenting some fascinating insight into topics close to a gamer's heart.
If nothing else, it seems like a great outlet for any independent filmmakers, particularly stand-up comedians, to hock their wares.
Check out the current catalogue of DRM free movies on GOG right here