December 02, 2005 | Suw Charman Anderson

APIG DRM Inquiry: Should copyright deposit libraries be treated specially?

Point 3: How should copyright deposit libraries deal with DRM issues? Does DRM prevent copyright deposit libraries doing their job? What support should they get from companies using DRM?

Comments (4)

  1. Simon Gibbs:
    Dec 04, 2005 at 11:07 PM

    Martin, in another thread said "Copyright libraries should be forbidden from retaining DRM

  2. kenkil:
    Dec 05, 2005 at 12:43 PM

    It seems that DRM is new way of enforcing the terms of Copyright. I'm sure that publishers would rather have a permanent monopoly over their current output, rather than the (theoretically) temporary monopoly they currently have.

    Unless someone outside the publisher has a non-DRM'd copy of the content, it is difficult to see how the eventual end of the Copyright term will be enforced. Suppose, when "About A Boy" should enter the public domain, there are no non-DRM'd editions available.

    Unless I've misunderstood the purpose of Copyright Deposit Libraries (CDL), publishers who want to use DRM should therefore be required to lodge a usable, non-DRM'd version of the content with a CDL. This copy should be suitable for (automatic?) release to the public domain as soon as the Copyright term is ended.

  3. Kevin Marks:
    Dec 21, 2005 at 12:38 PM

    The law should require DRM to be removed, or for the creator of the DRM to fund sufficient emulation software that their publication can be accessed by future scholars. An earmarked tax on DRM may be appropriate here, just as the Statute of Anne provided penalties for not submitting publications in a useful form.

  4. Suw Charman:
    Dec 19, 2005 at 12:12 PM

    Whilst you can continue discussing this post, any comments posted after this one will not be included in the ORG public consultation paper.