Sunday, June 20, 2010

Apprentice Alf's Blog

Apprentice Alf's Blog

This site appears to reveal ways to get around Digital Rights Management
Please check it out and tell your publishers, so they know how to move to the next level.


Ed said...

So what's wrong with decrypting content that you've legally purchased? Let me start by saying that I believe very strongly that it is wrong to share electronic books. It really is very different than lending a had-copy. It's much closer to printing additional copies for distribution.

Now, let's say that I have a Sony ebook reader, and I want to buy a book at Barnes & Noble. They have a different encryption scheme than Sony uses but I want to be able to read it on my device. Should I be tied to a single vendor for no reason?
Decrypting legally purchased content is not a crime and clearly falls under what is acceptable for fair use. If I'm not sharing the book but only using it for my own use there's absolutely nothing wrong there.
In the past there have been may ebook formats that have not been successful. Customers have spent money on books, and have permanently lost access to the books they have purchased. With the proper decryption tools the consumer is protected against poor business practices.

DRM only hurts the consumer, it provides no protection to the author and it provides no deterrent to the pirate. Even if you were to find the "perfect" DRM, it only takes about an hour to scan and OCR a 500 page book.

Anonymous said...

Hi, Ed,

Back in June, I believe that breaking DRM was still against the law.

My understanding is that since June, the law has been changed. Therefore, the use you describe is now legal as long as it is only done for personal use.

Personally, I agree with you that DRM is objectionable. I don't use it by choice. The majority of readers are honest, and it is insulting to treat them as if they are anything else.

Thank you for your comment.

Anonymous said...

Breaking DRM is not illegal in and of itself; it is the dissemination of the de-DRM'd media that the law addresses. You should not perpetuate false information and shill for the publishing industry.

Anonymous said...

What a horrid little blog this is.
I'm certainly never going to buy a Rowena Cherry book.

RowenaBCherry said...

Quite right, Anonymous. You almost certainly would not enjoy it.