DRM in the physical word – Presentation or DRM with RFID at its best

March 13, 2009inf2241_classfi22410

On March 11, 2009 we had the presentation of our DRM enhanced photocopier. If it was an success? Well it was well received and we all had a very good time. Please check all the other posts, because each project was very good and together they show how interesting this course is.

The last two blogs describe our thoughts, document our work, and reveal the code used. So try it out at home and post comments or questions.

We will add some pictures of the machine during the presentation later on. Below we have an discussion of an article that gives a critical view on DRM and how it is used in the industry. Other articles were discussed in the last posts, but we chose this one to be our main article.

Discussion of articles:

We chose Monika Roth’s article (Roth, 2008) as being our main article. Roth’s analysis sheds light on the issues that caused the music industry to turn away from DRM. EMI was the first major music label that announced that all music will be distributed without DRM in the future. Apple’s iTunes picked this up and is now used as a marketing instrument. However, Roth shows that there are other reasons than pure altruism at work that make music lables turning back on DRM. One of the reasons might be a growing frustration amongst users. The point that Roth makes is the fact that the wide usage of DRM could lead to a series of lawsuits against music companies and distributers alike. She uses Apple’s iTunes and the iPod products to show how DRM not only limits the usage of files within the realm of IP laws. Furthermore, DRM helps Apple to bundle iTunes with their iPods. Roth argues that this could violate the Sherman Act that regulates bundling of products.

We think the value of the article comes from the critical look on DRM technology. For some period of time DRM coupled with circumvention laws seems as the ultimate tool to prevent infringement of intellectual property laws. Roth shows the legal and economical problems that DRM creates for it’s own creators.

Roth, M. (2008). Entering the DRM-free zone: An intellectual property and antitrust analysis of the online music industry. Fordham Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Law Journal, 18(2), 515-540.

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