Librarians concerned about DRM

By Derek Sooman on February 6, 2006, 7:03 PM
Librarians are apparently getting quite concerned about DRM, and what it means to their ability to archive copyrighted works and lend them to multiple patrons. The British Library, for one, is concerned that excessive use of DRM could cause several problems, including limiting their ability to lend digital media to users.

Libraries currently have privileges that allow them to copy and distribute copyrighted items. But unless publishers produce unrestricted versions of digital material for libraries, they won't be able to exercise those privileges. Another concern is that, as technology advances and various software formats eventually become obsolete, copyrighted works can be lost if the technology is rendered useless before art moves into the public domain.

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DragonMaster said:
Return to analog, there's no DRM problems and it sounds better. ;-p
gamingmage said:
Well, there are an assortment of solutions, but I'll let them figure it out. Doesn't this also have to do with the publishers too not just software and computer stuff?
AeonXX said:
It sounds like a bad idea all around. I like the library partly because they tend to carry old films that are difficult to find at places like Hollywood Video and Blockbuster. I never copy the films; thatís ridiculous, I could just come back and check it out again if I cared to see it again. I think some people just have a dictator syndrome, where they think that they should control everyone. Theyíll come up with endless ways to do this, and constantly search for justification for their actions. Unfortunately, I think computers have sparked the beginning of the end for freedom once again. With the amount of order and control they present, itís easier than ever for chimpanzees to devise ways to enslave and categorize the populace. Iíll stop before I begin ranting too much, but you get my point, this is another unnecessary form of control through technology. Once again, weíre held back by the very technology that could help free us all.
need_a_dell said:
In a sense, the library is no different than any P2P programs. The library takes materials and lets people borrow them for free. These materials are then used as the patron wishes. P2P programs are the very same. What's the difference of letting the library lend out books and movies, and someone lending me a few MP3s? So, in this case, I'm not surprised that libraries are getting concerned about DRM. They're just getting caught doing the same thing that P2P programs are.
asphix said:
it makes sense... and librarys have a reason to be worried. WE have a reason to be worried. DRM on a scale that would effect libraries in an age when everything is sooner or later going to be digital could result in lowered education and further seperation of the upper and lower classes.The library is pretty different than P2P programs as, they buy a copy first, then lend it out to the public on a loan. When you download movies or music from P2P.. its not on a loan.. it is the equivilant of purchasing it. There are rules and restrictions that must be followed to continue checking items out of a library, thus leading to a more controlled environment.They are not lending you mp3's.. they are GIVING them to you..
buttus said:
I'll tell you right here and right now....DON'T mess with the librarians. Just trust me on this, they may have this quiet reputation but boy are they a rowdy bunch. I can see it now, chaos on the streets as blue haired librarians run amuck creating havoc with random acts of shushings all over the world. It's ALWAYS the ones you least expect. Keep a cautious eye out whenever you go to the library. Those librarians are a powder keg just waiting to explode on a moments notice. Don't believe me? The movie "Tomcats" was based on a real life occurrence. The union of United Professional Librarians (UPL) successfully lobbied the movie studio to depict the incident as a comedy...whereas in real life 9 bodies were found at the home of a Librarian in LittleRock (apparently the bodies were in various states of partial nudity).As Elmer Fudd would say "Be very very quiet..."[Edited by buttus on 2006-02-07 08:39:37]
Eko said:
Let's not get histerical about all this DRM stuff.The entire concept of DRM is made to defend some greedy companies against the ones who copy their software, movies, music etc. without considering if the persons truly has or not the possibility to pay an outrageous amount of money for their products.The libraries remain amongst the few places where you can have access to informations without being monitored, or an easy way to get some programs for educational purposes. The greed of RIAA and the other industry moguls is shown by their profits, which increase every year to fabulous figures, although they complain more and more because of the so-called "losses" because of the piracy. The numbers they show us in estimating the damages is over-inflated, but no one dares to admit that,because of the powerful tools they have, the money and the lawyers are the most powerful things in this world,( except God himself).By continuing this way, not only they will stop people from getting information, but they will become more and more hated, giving birth to an already existing resistance movement. Personally, I despise their efforts, and their methods as well, they are looking for profit and profit only, they just don't care about your right to be informed, your right to read, all they care about is the amount of money they get.
Kaleid said:
It's unlikely that the librarians efforts will make any difference...they fought against the patriot act too but without success.
Mictlantecuhtli said:
[b]Originally posted by need_a_dell:[/b][quote]In a sense, the library is no different than any P2P programs. The library takes materials and lets people borrow them for free. These materials are then used as the patron wishes. P2P programs are the very same. What's the difference of letting the library lend out books and movies, and someone lending me a few MP3s?[/quote]Someone "lending" you MP3s will still have them. Borrowing something from library means it won't be available for others until you return it (if it's the only copy).
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