A reminder that DRM is for text too

A reminder that DRM is for text too

Summary: eWeek: Adobe Systems Inc. on Monday acquired the digital rights management business of Navisware.

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Adobe Systems Inc. on Monday acquired the digital rights management business of Navisware.  The purchase, for an undisclosed sum, allows Adobe to jump into the burgeoning DRM sector and deploy its own technology for protecting Microsoft Office documents. The FileLine DRM products from Navisware are designed to provide security and version control for CAD, Office and other file types.

Question that needs answering (brought up during my visit to the Berkman Center at the Harvard School of Law yesterday): If all these DRM systems are incompatible with each other, what happens when DRM gets applied to electronic books (one day, maybe the only form of books)? 

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  • Newsfeeds

    This desire to apply digital restrictions management to text does not stop at books.

    I have seen at least two concerted efforts to apply DRM to text news feeds.
    Stephen Wheeler
    • What About Fonts?

      what about fonts? i bought a bunch of fonts and then, after preparing documents using them, the folks i shared them with complained that the formatting was clobbered. attempts to embed the fonts resulted in a licensing restriction error. did the company that sold me the fonts not realize that i might want to digitally share something prepared using that font with someone else? that was silly. fortunately, i found a little utility that let me remove all the font restrictions.

      mark d.
      markdoiron
  • What kind of idiot

    would PAY for a DRM company? Hmm, what kind of idiot would CREATE a DRM company in the first place? Where are my tar and feathers . . . ? ;)
    Roger Ramjet
    • Are you serious?

      DRM companies make HUGE $$$$!

      They are like snake oil salesmen. The preach about the dangers of not protecting your intellectual property and offer solutions that they know will be defeated. This forms a nice cycle of updating and producing new idea that then charge again and again for.

      Basically they use FUD to sell thier product and IP holders buy it hook line and sinker.

      Take the fear of fileswapping. The simple solution is to sell a product people want to buy. But no instead FUD is used to produce a smoke screen encouraging companies buy into DRM.

      DRM has it's place. Protecting IP that is sold to the consumer is not one of them. DRM is great for protecting information that you don't want released yet, if ever. Problem is that make it niche product. Less $$$. But get entertainment people on board and there is HUGE $$$.
      voska
  • What?s wrong with DRM? Let me count the ways!

    DRM is something of an irony: it is the application of ?big brother? / communism-like principles, to a supposedly burgeoning free, digital content market. DRM is completely invasive and over reaching. Like communism, it checks everything that you do, requires you to offer credentials for everything you do, can reach down and alter your access rights whenever it wants to, etc. In short, DRM is a tyrant?s dream, and a free people?s nightmare. I?m not saying that DRM proponents are necessarily tyrants: what I?m saying is that many DRM proponents are unwittingly using the tools of tyrants to help guard the interests of content providers.

    One important thing to look at is banking. People have to go through credential checks and other security measures to perform transactions on their money. The big difference between that and DRM, is that bank related credential checks are performed a very limited amount of times, and banks do not subject its customers? to continuous scrutiny, once its customers? money is in the possession of its customers. Notwithstanding the fact that content technically, never belongs to customers / licensors, when content providers start effectively staring over the backs of customers whenever they use their content, customers will begin to become extremely annoyed by all the constraints they bump into as they try to use their licensed content. In as much as bank customers would never tolerate this behavior from banks, it is hard to conceive that content customers (when they begin to become wise) will tolerate this behavior from content providers. I?m telling you, people are to start screaming at their politicians about the invasiveness and controlling nature of DRM, later down the line. The way you grow a market is to empower customers and offer them greater freedom: not do the exact opposite. Just as what David Berlind suggested, if the industry continues down this DRM track, we are going to have a gigantic train wreck, with consumers becoming resentful and even more suspicious of the computer industry, then they did after the dot-com bust.

    The industry has to look at alternatives to DRM such as content tracing. Content providers must protect their interests: but they cannot do so at the expense of the freedom of the consumer, and expect to prosper.
    P. Douglas
    • Your reference to communism

      They kind of take away from your argument. Seeing as you claim like communism but it appears you don't know what communism even is. Communism does not equal a lack of freedom. Imposed communism by a dictatorship is a lack of freedom. A good example of this is the old USSR.

      In communism you should be free to decide if you want to be a part of the commune or not. How the descision is made can be personal choice for smaller organizations or democratically decided where government implements policy until voters decide they don't want the policy any longer. If a dictator decide for you that you will share everything then it's not really communism but dictorship taking what you own and distributing how they feel.
      voska
  • Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) = ROOT of DRM EVIL!!!

    http://www.copyright.gov/legislation/dmca.pdf'DMCA'

    IF any of the links don't work try copying and pasting them.

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/11/27/dmca_takedown_regs_abused

    http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/?p=2395

    http://www.openrightsgroup.org/orgwiki/index.php/Fair_but_Wrong

    Us 'little guys' can only BOYCOTT all members of THESE organizations in the mean time:

    The RIAA:

    http://www.riaa.com/about/members/default.asp

    Cruise that site thoroughly and find out what the RIAA REALLY are about!!! Along with their member list(s), pay close attention to the physical address given on the page where 'you' can ''Join the RIAA''.

    The MPAA/MPA:

    http://www.mpaa.org/home.htm

    I only just found the MPAA site but am sure by what others in these message boards have said about it that it's just as bad as the RIAA. I'm going to check it out. I suggest you do the same.

    EDUCATION/KNOWLEDGE is power!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    THEN go and actually join the EFF:

    http://www.eff.org/

    to help fight the RIAA.

    These sites will also be of interest to those who want the RIAA, and those like them, brought down:

    http://www.anti-dmca.org/

    http://www.ricoact.com/

    http://p2pnet.net/story/6489

    Brittany Chan, a 14 year old targeted by RIAA:

    http://search.yahoo.com/search?fr=slv2-&ei=UTF-8&p=Britanny%20Chan

    About Patti Santangelo, the working mom of five kids being targeted by the RIAA:

    http://search.yahoo.com/search?fr=slv2-&ei=UTF-8&p=Patti%20Santangelo

    How to HELP her:

    Join the p2net 'community' and donate to her cause. FIRST the RIAA tries ripping her off then her 'lawyer' does, leaving her destitute and still fighting ALONE! She's but one of THOUSANDS targeted by the RIAA...including MINORS! But SHE is the ONLY one so far to stand up to them!!!

    http://p2pnet.net/story/7467

    If you can't contribute there then pass all this info along to all you can any way you can. Thanks @;}-

    P.S.: If p2pnet's links don't work properly it's because they're changing servers. Just keep trying and trying until you get there. Their MAIN URL is:

    http://p2pnet.net/index.php
    btljooz