Tag Archives: DRM

Beware of copyright creep!

Like a spooky monster, copyright creep can slither its way into many aspects of life.

I’m not talking about a spooky looking monster, dead set on ending the world as we know it, or a sticky ooze that slowly trickles over the planet because we destroyed the rainforest. Copyright creep is an expression that refers to the expansion of copyright law and policy, inching and slinking its way into aspects of life that surely James ... Read More »

Update on 1201 proceedings

Key

In the last two weeks, the Copyright Office held ten hearings in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. and heard the arguments for and against circumvention of digital locks—Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act—on the proposed classes of works, including cell phones, video games, e-readers, and oh yes, farm equipment. Many have said that these hearings are unbearable and ... Read More »

Libraries want to fix some things

Repair Wrenches

ALA is taking part in “Copyright Week,” a series of actions and discussions supporting key principles that should guide copyright policy. Every day this week, various groups are taking on different elements of the law, and addressing what’s at stake, and what we need to do to make sure that copyright promotes creativity and innovation. Today’s theme—”You bought it, you ... Read More »

Another round of foolishness with the DMCA

Man face palms

It’s that time again when the U.S. Copyright Office accepts proposals for exemptions to the anti-circumvention provision of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Huh? The DMCA (which added chaff to the Copyright Act of 1976) includes a new Chapter 12 regarding “technological protection measures” which is another name for digital rights management (DRM). The law says that it is ... Read More »

What is DRM and what does it mean for your library?

In an effort to help the library community better understand and adapt to the growth of digital content, the ALA has released a tip sheet (pdf) that provides background on digital rights management–systems producers, publishers and vendors use to control what users can do with electronic files, such as e-books, DVD films, and other media. We encourage library community members, librarians ... Read More »