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Event on Saturday to get DRM out of the Boston Public Library [Feb. 7th, 2008|11:04 am]
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DefectiveByDesign.org has announced an action against libraries that support DRM on their collections. Boston locals can join them this Saturday from 1pm to 3pm at the Boston Public Library's main branch, and non-locals are encouraged to stage an action against their own library if it's using DRM.

Read story at Digg

(I'll be there.)

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[User Picture]From: johnsu01
2008-02-07 07:14 pm (UTC)
I don't think it's a small angsty group :). Amazon.com, Sony BMG, Universal, iTunes, EMI, etc. all seem to think it's a pretty damn big group, as they are now moving toward DRM-free music. That movement started largely because of the outcry against DRM and the way iTunes used DRM to try to control the digital music market and its competitors. Now the same argument is happening with ebooks and audiobooks. There's no reason why viable DRM-free business models can't be found in the same way that they are now being found for music.

Accepting it and getting lots of people to willingly install spyware on their computer in order to use the library is a dangerous precedent. I guess we disagree about that. But I'm definitely interested in your experiences from your library -- if you want to take the time to tell me more (here or by email) about what you think the best approach to getting this changed would be, I'd really appreciate it. For example, your point about all the tech/support requests was interesting..
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[User Picture]From: johnsu01
2008-02-07 08:02 pm (UTC)
I know of no major provider of digital media for libraries that are requiring the installation of spyware.

I'm referring to software like the Overdrive Media Console, which monitors your activity on your own computer.

Libraries can help create the demand for DRM-free materials, and it's consistent with their mission to make an effort at that. We will also be pushing the publishers, but the publishers will tell us that they have to do what the market wants. Everyone always wants to pass the buck. Also, again, emusic.com, the #2 downloadable music distributor, is now getting into the market of DRM-free audiobooks. You don't think that is a sign of the demand existing? A successful business is now expanding to include that product. Pretty good sign to me.
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