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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: dsaklad
2008-02-08 04:41 am (UTC)

Libraries could provide alternative links.

Where libraries connect library users/customers/consumers with OverDrive there could also be some listings of alternative links for some of the audiobooks available around the web. That is alternative listings of other web resources for free audiobooks. Maybe not as extensive as OverDrive but at least some alternatives.

Part of the thing is the bureaucratic resistance to engage in discussion about issues that turn up in library users/customers/consumers' feedback, comments, suggestions, questions. Instead libraries could use issues that turn up as opportunities for programming in our community. Applications Manager Scot Colford engaging with critics is a model of the right thing to do. At the front line counters and desks of our libraries more librarians should be willing to engage and be more informed on the issues and offer library users/customers/consumers further information. After all that's the mission and mandate of libraries!
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[User Picture]From: dsaklad
2008-02-08 04:51 am (UTC)

Re: Libraries could provide alternative links.

After all further information, hints, tips, pointers are in keeping with the mission and mandate of libraries!
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From: scolford
2008-02-08 02:41 pm (UTC)

Re: Libraries could provide alternative links.

Thanks for the pat on the back, Don! You'll actually find many links to alternate sources for digital text, audio, and video on our website. These sources, like LivriVox and the Internet Archive make available works in the public domain, so they don't require any DRM. Take a look:

Thanks for the pat on the back, Don! You'll actually find many links to alternate sources for digital text, audio, and video on our website. These sources, like LivriVox and the Internet Archive make available works in the public domain, so they don't require any DRM. Take a look:

http://www.bpl.org/electronic/ebook.asp
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