What started as a clause in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 to protect the infringement of copyrighted works, such as movies, books and music, has blossomed into a full-fledged debate on who owns, who can modify, and who can repair the products consumers purchase. These products can range from cell phones and cars to children’s toys and ebooks, making it almost a certainty that everyone has at least one DRM-protected product in their home. The companies who place the DRM on these products can control who uses, modifies, and distributes the copyrighted works and products.
By Rebekah Hunt In my last thrilling, swashbuckling article on digital piracy, I explored the differences between the piracy of films and that of books. However, the most pressing question surrounding the piracy of digital content is this: does piracy of digital content hurt sales? As it turns out, opinions on this very complex issue […]
By Rebekah Hunt Digital piracy is the topic du jour for almost every media outlet. Want to stop people from changing the channel when your news broadcast comes on? Promo a story about digital piracy. Want to beef up hits to your news/gossip/blog site? Toss up an infographic with some digital piracy stats. Digital piracy […]