Friday, 27 April 2012

Digital Restrictions Management

For years, I used the slogan "Better By Design" for my systems analysis work. Some products now are "Defective By Design". They use Digital Restrictions Management (DRM).
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To quote directly from the Defective By Design campaigning web site: "DRM products have features built-in that restrict what jobs they can do. These products have been intentionally crippled from the users' perspective, and are therefore "defective by design". This campaign will identify these “defective” products, and target them for elimination. We aim to make DRM an anti-social technology. We aim for the abolition of DRM as a social practice." As well as being found in much proprietary computer software, DRM is built into products like the Kindle, iPad, Apple/Mac OS X, Sony PlayStation 3, and is a major threat to eBooks in general. It is the antithesis of what many people have strived for since the early 20th. century, probably longer. Help to break free. DRM must be eliminated.