People are happy to pay for music and literature online, so legal limits go against the democratic tenets of the internet, writes Victor Keegan.
This article is a breath of fresh air in a stinking well of corporate greed.
The article starts out with this and just keeps rolling…
A few years ago if you started talking about digital rights management (DRM), people would make excuses and leave the room. Now it is a talking point in clubs and pubs as record companies try to sue people, for illegal downloads or uploads, and governments across Europe are threatening to take Apple to court to open up its hugely successful iTunes software to competitors.
DRM is not just a problem for the music industry. Recently I attended a seminar at the British Library (standing room only, by the way), which is deeply worried about the way restrictive digital rights contracts are being imposed by companies. The British Library is one of the world’s great treasure houses, yet less than one percent of its priceless archive has been digitised because of potential conflicts about digital rights and preservation. If that’s not a digital scandal then I don’t know what is.
This article is a must read to be sure. This is not just a music and movie problem. It is across the boards and coming right at us like a freight train … errrr, DRMtrainwreck.