Thursday, June 08, 2006

APIG inquiry into Digital Rights Management

APIG inquiry into Digital Rights Management
All Parliament Internet Group [UK], publication date: June 2006
"A recommendation that the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) bring forward appropriate labelling regulations so that it will become crystal clear to consumers what they will and will not be able to do with digital content that they purchase.

A recommendation that OFCOM publish guidance to make it clear that companies distributing Technical Protection Measures systems in the UK would, if they have features such as those in Sony-BMG’s MediaMax and XCP systems, run a significant risk of being prosecuted for criminal actions."
From the report itself:
"However, should all available versions of the material be protected by highly effective TPM systems, it may prove impossible, when the copyright expires, for the exploitation to occur – because the material will remain inaccessible except via the monopolistic TPM system. At our oral session Brian Fielding (Audible Inc) indicated that he though that this would be a desirable state of affairs, but no-one else who responded to us agreed with this position."

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