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DRM interoperability worries EU consumers

updated 06:00 pm EST, Thu November 10, 2005

DRM interoperability

The National Consumer Council (NCC) is adding its name to a major European campaign advocating consumer rights in the digital age, reports Macworld UK. Many Europeans are concerned over the criminalization of sharing copyrighted files online, as well as the between between existing services and devices. The latter includes the way songs are protected using Apple's FairPlay digital rights management (DRM) system and Microsoft's DRM. The campaign includes a declaration of what consumer bodies feel should be consumers' digital rights. These include: the right to choice, knowledge and cultural diversity; the right to the principle of technical neutrality; consumer rights in the digital environment; the right to benefit from technological innovations without abusive restrictions; the right to interoperability of content and devices; the right to the protection of privacy; the right not to be criminalised.

by MacNN Staff





  1. porieux

    Joined: Dec 1969


    they're right

    Copyright infringement is a civil matter, NOT a criminal one.

    Everyone needs to repeat this mantra.

  1. ronjamin

    Joined: Dec 1969


    DRM is Bullshit anyway

    The whole premise behind DRM is to prevent criminals from using your property. But the bottom line demonstrated by iTunes is that legitimate, law abiding people will use a legitimate service DESPITE the plethora of illegal methods. DRM cripples the rights of average users, eve Apples Fairplay DRM. Eliminate DRM, it's the only solution. What happens if Apple goes under??? What happens to all the songs we bought? What happens if I move to Linux? Now I cant use any of the songs. What happens if...... Free us from the slavery of DRM, which only punishes the average law abiding citizen anyway.

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