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January 11, 2012

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ed

I can see a day where the original content owners will require one to use similar software to unlock the media, but this will only last until some bright kid somewhere hacks the system.

In the meantime it seems like a good compromise solution between protecting against digital piracy and retaining the value of ones purchase. Of course the limitation is that only willing participants will install the software in the first place.

The Sixler

DRM in its current form pretty much allows producers to completely ruin property rights including first sale doctrine, so I dunno why producers would downgrade their intellectual monopoly to benefit customers.

I also think that the system would fail because people would get around it like they get around current DRM, but since these smaller producers more willing to try the system suggestion wouldnt have access to the windfall profits that large producers would, they'd get crowded out of the market.

Scott

Sixler - I agree, producers would not give up their position easily. However to say that everyone would steal simply because they can also feels a bit of an overstatement. I think if producers respected consumers rights, and made it just as easy to buy and sell the media as it was to steal it people would generally prefer to do the right thing and support the producer. I realize there are a lot of if's in that statement but it shouldn't prevent us from trying to think of a better system.

Capt. Chris

The appropriation of the term 'book' for digital e-pubs is what is causing our industry problems; an e-pub is leased not bought and owned; those selling such leases should not be permitted to term them e-books!

The Sixler

scott - yeah I think it could work if enough small time producers bit the bullet and produced with first sale doctrine that could be uniformly agreed upon. If they could make a strong enough market presence, the idea may catch on. I don't say that everyone would steal, but if you consider the size of the pirating community, you can bet that some of those people would turn to this new media to pirate because it'd be much simpler than pirating products with hefty safeguards and DRM. And if only small producers used the new concept, they would be hurt more by piracy than big producers which used the old concept. Thats what I meant when I said that. But it is possible with enough support.

Ramona

I don't really see it working very easily, although it's an intriguing idea. Personally, what keeps me from buying e-books is the cost. I find it a lot less expensive -- considering how many books I read -- to buy used books. When e-books are less expensive, I might buy them. If I could buy a "used" e-book, I probably would.

columbo

The appropriation of the term 'book' for digital e-pubs is not very accurate. And What I want to say is that every body may have his own points on certain subjects and things. So sometimes it is really not easy to say who is right or wrong, worse or better. However, what we should always do is that we must consider that everyone's opinion must have his own negative and positive points so that we can learn from each other in any case. Anyway , you do have got a good point and thank you for sharing.

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