Open Letter from Defective by Design

Defective by design is a group opposed to digital rights management (DRM) software.  They have published an open letter to ask public libraries to stop using DRM.

http://www.defectivebydesign.org/Libraries-Eliminate-DRM

I would urge you all to look at this letter and consider possible future implications for the library world.

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  1. Tom says:

    See for example this sample from the libraryconnection website that serves online audiobooks for CT libraries:

    At this time, OverDrive Media files cannot be used on iPods or Mac computers.

    Our media titles, provided by OverDrive, Inc., use DRM (Digital Rights Management) protection technology from Microsoft Corporation. Unfortunately the iPod (and Mac) currently support neither DRM-protected Windows Media Audio (.wma) files nor Windows Media Video (.wmv) files.

    OverDrive, along with hundreds of online media providers, is hopeful that Apple and Microsoft can reach an agreement that would enable support for Microsoft-based DRM-protected materials on the iPod/Mac.

    To review a list of devices that are compatible with OverDrive Media, click here.

    You may also want to check device documentation to determine if a device supports DRM-protected Windows Media content.

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