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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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From: scolford
2008-02-10 05:45 pm (UTC)

Re: Introducing DRM changes the line between what is your own, and what belongs to the Englobulators

Okay, Don. But no one patron exclusively owns library material. That's the problem. You don't get to keep it forever. You gotta give it back.

And regarding surveillance of your computer, I am well aware that some DRM schemes do maintain connections with rights management servers and I would agree that these schema constitute spyware. But the scheme used with OverDrive does not function this way. A user downloads a license willingly and once downloaded, it's good for 14 days. The license server does not "check in" on your workstation ever again -- transaction completed.

So, the claim on the Defective By Design flier that using OverDrive at the BPL involves installing corporate spyware on your computer is simply not true.
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