DRM – What is it? Digital rights management (DRM) is an access control methodology that is employed by hardware manufacturers, publishers and copyright holders with the intent to limit the use of digital content and devices after their initial sale.
In order to legally use content that was legally purchased, consumers must follow the copyright-holder’s End User Licensing Agreements (EULA), no matter how restrictive or unusable. This also effectively binds purchases of content and devices to a single person or entity without possibility of resale.
“Although digital content is protected by copyright laws, policing the Web and catching law-breakers is very difficult. DRM technology focuses on making it impossible to steal content in the first place, a more efficient approach to the problem than the hit-and-miss strategies aimed at apprehending online poachers after the fact.”
• No single, unifying Intellectual Property law respected worldwide. • DRM that is acceptable in one country may not be legally
“In order to protect DRM, governments around the world have enacted "anticircumvention" legal regimes that ban the sale, manufacture and dissemination of tools that can be used to break DRM locks. Unlike real security systems, such as those used to keep encrypted email and Web-sessions private, DRM systems are not "self-protecting." Without state sanctions on those who publish their workings, DRM systems are useless.”-- Electronic Freedom Foundation
“Within this hyperbolic environment of technology euphoria, there is aconstant, albeit weaker, call among information professionals for a more sustained thinking about the impacts of the new technologies on society. One of these impacts is how we are to preserve the historic record in an electronic era where change and speed is valued more highly that conservation and longevity.
As we move into the electronic era of digital objects, it is important to know that there are new barbarians at the gate and that we are moving into an era where much of what we know today, much of what is coded and written electronically, will be lost forever.”-- Terry Kuny
WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? • Application of DRM in a wholesale manner guarantees that the
information locked behind it will eventually be lost due to shifts in technology.
• Most implementations of DRM do not have an automatic expiry/ decryption date, and due to legislation that forbids the use of DRM breaking technology, the information might never be legally allowed into the public domain.
• The cure for this is to adopt open standards, and make information publicly accessible.
• Examples: • The Internet Archive, • Microsoft & US Archives open format migration project• United Kingdom National Archives open-source projects
In ClosingDRM doesn’t stop piracy, but Kim Dotcom might have an idea how.
Thanks for your time,Any Questions for discussion?