A recent article in GROKLAW critiques the extreme way one library is implementing digital rights management (DRM) and how it impacts fair use, first-sale, and re-usability of information. While focusing on the British Library, it does an excellent job of pointing out the dangers of DRM. Can we imagine the Future Digital System having documents that expire, that can’t be printed, that are bound by contractual restrictions (not copyright!), that can be read on only one machine, that can’t be copied, etc. etc.?
GPO should disavow such uses of DRM, but it has never done so.
- The British Library – “The world’s knowledge” DRM’d and for a price. by Pamela Jones. GROKLAW (May 07 2006)
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