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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.

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(I'll be there.)


[User Picture]From: johnsu01
2008-02-07 07:45 pm (UTC)
Right, somebody has to get paid. The library has to pay them. Then we have to fund the library. My point is, there are companies and rightsholders willing to provide audiobooks without DRM, for the right price. This was in answer to the claim that such alternative solutions do not exist. They do, now the question is -- will they work for the BPL.

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[User Picture]From: thetathx1138
2008-02-07 08:05 pm (UTC)
No, no, you're missing my point. Emusic is a consumer website. Libraries have to purchase intellectual property through different methods, so what's available to the CONSUMER might not be available to the LIBRARY.
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[User Picture]From: johnsu01
2008-02-07 08:12 pm (UTC)
I do understand your point. I'm saying that because people are coming around to selling their books without DRM to consumers, they could be willing to do the same to libraries. And potentially the same distributors could be used. I agree that this is new territory, but I'm pointing to this as a sign that there is a nascent alternative that we should be encouraging. Maybe the BPL can't shift to DRM-free all at once, but they could, for example, have a policy of providing DRM-free when it's available. They should contact the same distributors selling through emusic and see if they are willing and able to sell the some DRM-free materials to the library.

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