Thursday, January 27, 2011

DRM

Digital Rights Management has been much in my mind lately, particluarly after the launch of the booki.sh site and this and other posts scattered around the internet. It really boils down to ownership and the increasing move away from ownership when it comes to ebooks to 'licensing' or, worse still, now 'access'. It means you buy a thing but you never own it, and that stinks. It goes way beyond copyright law, and if you don't believe me, read Cory Doctorow on the topic.

I think it's time for everyone to get sensible and rethink the whole DRM thing. Ownership and the rights of the consumer are being increasingly eroded, based on the assumption that consumers are all evil rip-off merchants. We're not.
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