Drm

  • 67 years ago Primo Levi was deported to Auschwitz. 64 years ago he published a book about that experience titled If this is a man. 24 years ago Primo Levi died. Today Primo Levi reminded me of the absurdity of certain laws and wastes of public money, and how the technology could help culture. Today I met a high school student who, having to read If this is a man to write a report, borrowed in the closest Public Library the copy that you see in these photos.
  • Personally, I believe that copyright has a reason to exist (1) and that copying and sharing online 24⁄7 every file you can lay your hands on, “just because I can”, makes it easier to pass things like ACTA and therefore is a stupid, counterproductive habit. This doesn’t mean that I like the current copyright system. I am convinced that copyright must be reformed and that, even before that, its duration must be heavily reduced.
  • (this page is part of the Family Guide to Digital Freedom, 2007 edition. Please do read that introduction to know more about the Guide, especially if you mean to comment this page. Thanks) (continues from here) Is there a limit to this copyright madness? Is it madness? Some people see all this as a necessary evil by way of transition to a new, copyright-free age. They argue that, if the record companies sue their fans, alienating their audience and victimizing people who don’t even realize that what they’re doing is wrong, eventually those companies will go bankrupt and collapse.
  • (this page is part of the Family Guide to Digital Freedom, 2007 edition. Please do read that introduction to know more about the Guide, especially if you mean to comment this page. Thanks) The short answer is “yes, if they have no explicit permission to do so from the author of those files”, regardless of what those files are: songs, movies, games, texts or software programs. If you forget this, you may hurt both yourself and others.
  • (this page is part of the Family Guide to Digital Freedom, 2007 edition. Please do read that introduction to know more about the Guide, especially if you mean to comment this page. Thanks) “He who controls the present, controls the past. He who controls the past, controls the future.” George Orwell, 1984In the context of this book, “the past” consists of both the corpus of already existing creative works, locked by extending copyright beyond decency, and the huge quantity of digital documents already saved in proprietary or unknown file formats.
  • (this page is part of the Family Guide to Digital Freedom, 2007 edition. Please do read that introduction to know more about the Guide, especially if you mean to comment this page. Thanks) Definition and examples of DRM DRM is something that is already having a great impact on how you access and enjoy every form of information or entertainment which is distributed in digital format. Officially, the acronym stands for “Digital Rights Management”, even if many people believe it indicates “Dementedly Ruined Music” or “Disgustingly Restricted Movements, Mirth and Movies”.