October 31, 2017 · Blogs | Information democracy | Platform regulation | Privacy and confidentiality

Portugal bans use of DRM that limits access to public domain works

With the tendency of becoming too accustomed to bad news on copyright, it is refreshing to hear that Portugal has recently passed a law that helps to strike a fairer balance between users and copyright holders on digital rights management (DRM). The law does not abolish legal protection for DRM altogether – unfortunately, that would […]

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July 20, 2016 · Blogs

Copyfail #9: Digital Rights Management (DRM): Restricting lending and borrowing books and music in digital format

This article is the ninth in the series presenting Copyfails. The EU is reforming its copyright rules. We want to introduce you to the main failures of the current copyright system, with suggestions on how to fix them. You can find all the Copyfails here. How has it failed? We are able to lend book […]

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May 23, 2016 · Blogs

Copyfails: Time to #fixcopyright!

We believe that new technologies bring new ways to access culture – they are not a threat for creators. We believe that the legitimacy crisis of the current EU copyright regime is created by the system itself. We believe there’s a need for a modernised copyright regime which takes into consideration the needs of all parts […]

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May 20, 2015 · Blogs

EDRi-gram 300: Digital rights news from 2025

We are proud to present the 300th edition of the EDRi-gram as an eBook entitled “Digital rights news from 2025”!

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November 5, 2014 · Blogs

FTDI: Is the law criminal?

The EDRi-gram has previously reported on the general silliness, if not active harmfulness to an open society, of certain copying controls that are generically referred to as Digital Rights Management (DRM). However, it’s not often that a practical example comes around that underlines the problem and at the same time has potential to demonstrate the […]

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October 8, 2014 · Blogs

UK format shifting and parody copyright laws come into force

On 1 October 2014, new copyright regulations adding exceptions for personal copying, parody, and quotation came into force in the UK. The personal copying exception allows copying of purchased media for private use. This includes format shifting and backups. The exception doesn’t cover making copies for friends, family or making copies of media you do […]

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January 29, 2014 · Blogs

ECJ: Circumventing protection systems may be lawful in certain cases

In a judgement issued on 23 January 2014, the EU Court of Justice ruled that circumventing a protection system of a games console may be lawful under certain circumstances. The decision was taken in a case brought to the Milan District court by Nintendo against the Italian retailer PC Box Srl. Nintendo sued PC Box […]

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November 20, 2013 · Blogs

TPP May Be Worse Than ACTA

A version of 30 August 2013 of the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) draft confirms previously expressed concerns that the negotiating parties are prepared to expand the reach of intellectual property rights to the detriment of consumer rights and data protection. The document was recently leaked and published by Wikileaks […]

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October 9, 2013 · Blogs

Recommended Reading

EDRi Reponse to Green Paper Preparing for a Fully Converged Audiovisual World: (26.09.2013) http://www.edri.org/files/26092013-EDRi-GreenPaper-Converged-Audiovisu… Belgian ‘Royal Decree’ Requires ISPs To Log All Sorts Of Info For A Year (9.10.2013) http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20131009/01172724806/belgian-royal-de… What’s wrong with ANPR – No CCTV’s report on number plate cameras in UK (10.2013) http://www.no-cctv.org.uk/docs/Whats%20Wrong%20With%20ANPR-No%20CCTV%2… German Federal Intelligence Service taps up to 25 providers […]

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September 11, 2013 · Blogs

German newspapers sued for pointing out an alleged illegal site

At the end of August 2013, a group of German publishers sued newspapers Der Tagesspiegel and Die Zeit, accusing them of assisting copyright infringement for having printed an interview with the operator of an alleged unauthorized ebook site, giving the site name as well – TorBoox, which claims to be the largest ebook piracy site […]

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February 5, 2012


Digital Rights Management (DRM) is, in simple terms, any technology that is built into an electronic product or service with the aim of limiting its range of uses after purchase. It is designed to prevent consumers from using digital technology in ways that do not correspond to the business agenda of a content provider or […]

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September 21, 2011

ENDitorial: Finnish Big Brother Awards on Effi's 10th birthday

This article is also available in: Deutsch: [ENDitorial: Finnische Big Brother Awards zu EFFis 10. Geburtstag | http://www.unwatched.org/EDRigram_9.18_ENDitorial_Finnische_Big_Brother-Awards_zu_EFFis_10_Geburtstag?pk_campaign=edri&pk_kwd=20111004] EDRi member Electronic Frontier Finland (Effi) organized the seventh Big Brother Awards (BBA) in Finland on 11 September 2011 as part of the celebration events of Effi’s tenth birthday. Electronic Frontier Finland – Effi – was founded […]

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