UK Retailers blow the whistle on DRM

(Dieser Artikel ist auch in deutscher Sprache verfügbar) The Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) asks the music industry to get rid of DRM which they consider responsible for the continuously decreasing of online music sales in UK. The industry music seems to ignore the consumers’ preferences who are displeased with the copy protection systems imposing limitations […]

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French Internet users are not properly informed on DRM

(Dieser Artikel ist auch in deutscher Sprache verfügbar) The UFC- Que Choisir association has revealed the results of an online study performed in February 2007 regarding the use of DRM (Digital Rights Management) systems imposing third-party restrictions on the users of a reading device. The poll has shown that most French Internet users have not […]

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DRM debate continues in Europe

(Dieser Artikel ist auch in deutscher Sprache verfügbar) On 19 February 2007, the UK Government rejected an online petition initiated by blogger Neil Holmes and signed by 1,414 people asking for the interdiction of DRM (Digital Rights Management), arguing DRM systems deprive the consumers of their freedom of choice between competing products for CDs or […]

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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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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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DRM-free music is supported by consumers

(Dieser Artikel ist auch in deutscher Sprache verfügbar) A new survey regarding music online conducted by Entertainment Media Research in association with the law firm Olswang showed that the DRM (Digital Rights Management) related problems are more present in UK consumers’ opinion than the music industry initially thought. The survey was made on more than […]

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Free-DRM music by iTunes, but EC starts official investigation

(Dieser Artikel ist auch in deutscher Sprache verfügbar) EMI and Apple announced in the beginning of April 2007 that EMI Music’s entire digital catalogue of music will be available for purchase without DRM from the iTunes worldwide in May. This is also the result of several complaints from consumer advocates and European Commission (EC) officials […]

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Digital Restriction Management – drm.info

(Dieser Artikel ist auch in deutscher Sprache verfügbar) On 3 October 2006, the first Anti-DRM day, a new collaborative information platform about the potential dangers of Digital Restriction Management (DRM) was launched. The DRM.info was initiated by the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) and is supported by a group of organisations and authors. The main […]

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Is DRM fading out?

(Dieser Artikel ist auch in deutscher Sprache verfügbar) 2007 has started with news showing the fading away of the DRM systems that have created many problems with consumers and interoperability without having clear results in the actions against illegal copies. Thus, one of the biggest record companies, EMI, has announced at the beginning of the […]

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Recommended participation: nanotech and DRM

The European Commission is organising two interesting public consultation rounds, on nanotechnology and on digital rights management (DRM). The consultation on nanotechnology invites public feedback on the communication ‘Towards a European Strategy for Nanotechnology’, in which the Commission proposes an integrated and responsible approach for developing nanosciences and nanotechnologies in Europe. All interested people are […]

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EU initiative to make DRM more acceptable

The European Commission has funded a new project to make Digital Rights Management more acceptable to consumers. INDICARE (the Informed Dialogue about Consumer Acceptability of DRM Solutions in Europe) is distributing its first e-mail newsletter this week. The newsletter includes links to articles on the INDICARE website that are conceived as the starting point for […]

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France establishes the DRM-regulation authority

(Dieser Artikel ist auch in deutscher Sprache verfügbar) The independent authority foreseen by the new French law on copyright (DADVSI) was created in the last days of the Villepin government. This Authority for Regulations of the DRMs (Autorité de régulation des mesures techniques – ARMT) should ensure the interoperability of the DRM systems and allow […]

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