February 15, 2001

Digital rights' hidden dangers

Author: JT Smith

All of this talk of Napster and injuctions and lawsuits has renewed interest in copyright protection. Digital rights management, or DRM, is a white-hot area of copy protection right now, aimed at making sure people like you don't copy or distribute anything you haven't properly paid for. That, says Andreas Pfeiffer in a special report for ZDNet News, is exactly why current DRM specs should fail. Perhaps if those with a stake in DRM didn't treat all of their customers like criminals, fewer folks would be inclined to view copy protection as a bad thing.
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