DRM does take away rights
Posted Oct 6, 2006 4:45 UTC (Fri) by felixfix
In reply to: Similar in spirit?
Parent article: Similar in spirit?
If content is locked up under DRM by an encryption key, and that key disappears, the content is lost forever.
Even if the key is not lost, if it is not available for someone who merely wants to exercise fair use rights, it effectively bans fair use. This destroys the balance of granting copyright for a limited time in exchange for fair use.
The average person should not have to jump thru hoops to exercise fair use rights. DRM requires that, even if the DMCA were to be repealed.
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