We Bought It, We Own It, We Fix It: Building Open Policies for Digital Public Goods

We’re taking part in Copyright Week, a series of actions and discussions supporting key principles that should guide copyright policy. Every day this week, various groups are taking on different elements of the law, and addressing what’s at stake, and what we need to do to make sure that copyright promotes creativity and innovation. Today’s … Read More “We Bought It, We Own It, We Fix It: Building Open Policies for Digital Public Goods”

Join CC in supporting the International Day Against DRM

Image credit Brendan Mruk/Matt Lee, CC BY-SA Today is the International Day Against DRM, a global campaign to raise awareness about the harms of restricting access to legally-acquired content using digital restrictions management (DRM). DRM consists of access control technologies or restrictive licensing agreements that attempt to restrict the use, modification, and distribution of copyright-protected … Read More “Join CC in supporting the International Day Against DRM”

Day Against DRM 2012

Today is Day Against DRM. If you don’t already, you should know that DRM stands for Digital Rights Management (or probably more accurately, Digital Restrictions Management), and that we have blogged about this day before for good reasons, including, DRM causes problems regarding fair use, lack of competition, privacy and security breaches, forced obsolescence, and … Read More “Day Against DRM 2012”

DRM (a day against)

Today is a good day to learn about Digital Rights Management, or more accurately Digital Restrictions Management: Selection of blog posts from Day Against DRM 2011 Posts on the Creative Commons blog about DRM, going back to 2004. DRM article on English Wikipedia Although DRM seems to no longer be the red hot issue it … Read More “DRM (a day against)”

Rights Expression vs. Rights Enforcement: clarifying the Associated Press story

The Associated Press wants to track reuse of their content through a “news registry.” This registry “will employ a microformat for news developed by AP”: The microformat will essentially encapsulate AP and member content in an informational “wrapper” that includes a digital permissions framework that lets publishers specify how their content is to be used … Read More “Rights Expression vs. Rights Enforcement: clarifying the Associated Press story”

Cory Doctorow Releases "Content: Selected Essays on Technology, Creativity, Copyright, and the Future of the Future"

CC evangelist and acclaimed author Cory Doctorow announced today the release of his new book, Content: Selected Essays on Technology, Creativity, Copyright, and the Future of the Future. Content is exactly what it claims to be – 28 essays on “everything from copyright and DRM to the layout of phone-keypads, the fallacy of the semantic … Read More “Cory Doctorow Releases "Content: Selected Essays on Technology, Creativity, Copyright, and the Future of the Future"”

Zombie DRM

I hate to beat a dead horse, but the horse’s promoters provide a convenient excuse when they claim the dead horse is making a comeback. The horse in question of course is DRM (emphasis added): “(Recently) I made a list of the 22 ways to sell music, and 20 of them still require DRM,” said … Read More “Zombie DRM”