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Session Name: The Tenth Anniversary of the DMCA, Part 1: Do We Digg DRM?
MeetingType: Chapter Meeting
Date: 03/26/08
Description: New York Chapter: It has been nearly ten years since Congress passed the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998, controversial legislation with broad prohibitions against circumvention of technological protection measures designed to control access to or uses of copyrighted content (“Digital Rights Management” or “DRM”). At the time, content owners worried that digital copying would open the door to widespread piracy, and believed that this protection, and only this protection, would allow them to digitally distribute their sound recordings, books, movies and other copyrighted content -- safe in the knowledge their content was “secure”. But last spring, EMI, one of the world’s largest record labels, announced that it would abandon DRM altogether. And over this past year, the other major labels have followed suit and made DRM-free music widely available. What prompted this reversal? Was it that DRM was under technological assault by hackers from the outset, millions of consumers have rebelled against the “limits” imposed on them by DRM, and attorney generals around the country had filed suit against Sony BMG when it issued recordings with certain cloaked DRM? Was it Apple and Steve Jobs’ public call to license music to Apple and others DRM-free? And what alternative distribution models will emerge in the wake of the demise of DRM-protected digital music? And, of course, the $64,000 question -- what about DRM protection for film, video and eBooks? Did the “Digg Rebellion” foretell the end of DRM protection there, too?
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Keywords: Digital Rights, DMCA, DRM, File Sharing, Illegal Downloading, Music, Notice and Takedown