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Ownership Does Not Mean Forever–Ownership Cessation by Design July 31, 2009

Posted by David W. King in Uncategorized.
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When you buy a copyright work of art, whether a piece of music, a book, a video, ot a painting, etc, you would normally expect to enjoy that item as long as it was in your possession, correct?

But that’s not quite how the movie/record industry sees things. The same yahoos who argue for perpetual copyright (implying that copyrighted works have value forever) are also arguing for time-limited ownership (implying that people who buy copyrighted works should be content to enjoy them for a few weeks or years until the DRM stops working).

Steven Metalitz, the Washington DC lawyer who represents the MPAA, RIAA, and other rightsholders before the Copyright Office. Because the Copyright Office is in the thick of its triennial DMCA review process, in which it will decide to allow certain exemptions to the rules against cracking DRM, Metalitz has been doing plenty of representation of late

Responding to a host of questions from the Copyright Office following up on live hearings held earlier this year, Metalitz strongly opposes any exemption that would allow users to legally strip DRM from content if a store goes dark and takes down its authentication servers.

“We reject the view,” he writes in a letter to the top legal advisor at the Copyright Office, “that copyright owners and their licensees are required to provide consumers with perpetual access to creative works. No other product or service providers are held to such lofty standards. No one expects computers or other electronics devices to work properly in perpetuity, and there is no reason that any particular mode of distributing copyrighted works should be required to do so.”

What are your thoughts? For more on this matter:
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2009/07/big-content-ridiculous-to-expect-drmed-music-to-work-forever.ars

Remember: when you buy DRM, you really rent, until such time as the DRM company goes bust or changes its mind. When you buy DRM-free, you get something your great-grandkids can enjoy.

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2009/07/big-content-ridiculous-to-expect-drmed-music-to-work-forever.ars

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