UK watchdog questions DRM

By Derek Sooman on January 16, 2006, 7:03 PM
In the UK, government watchdogs have decided that they are none too keen on Digital Rights Management, and how it is being forced onto consumers. The recent case of the Sony DRM fiasco, where a rootkit was installed on user's machine that had purchased Sony music CDs has highlighted the potential problems with implementing this technology in any way that is fair to consumers. Now, in the UK, the National Consumer Council (NCC) is calling for new laws to better protect consumer rights when it comes to enjoying digital content.

"Because of the current situation, consumers face security risks to their equipment, limitations on their use of products, poor information when purchasing products and unfair contract terms," declared Jill Johnstone, Director of Policy at NCC.

To make its voice heard, the NCC has made a submission to MPs on The All Party Internet Group inquiry into Digital Rights Management.

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