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Session

Diversity, Prosperity, and Control
Brewster Kahle, Digital Librarian, Internet Archive

Track: Emerging Topics
Date: Friday, July 30
Time: 11:35am - 12:20pm
Location: Salon D

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The content industries hope that widespread deployment of digital rights management (DRM) technology will create new markets and provide incentives to offer rich new content. Twenty years of experience with DRM in the packaged software industry suggests otherwise -- the real story of DRM is one of failure. Most companies that have succeeded in software and Internet services have evolved a light-weight or non-technological protection measures. A further set of technological measures, sometimes called Draconian DRM, which only allows approved applications to run on the system layer below have failed to help the publishers, and in some cases, damaged their business or industry.

Brewster Kahle, the Internet Archive's Digital Librarian, will survey the experiences in the package software industry's attempts with DRM and what finally damaged that industry as a potential dark analogy of what could happen if the content industries follow the same path. Draconian DRM schemes under construction now could hand over control to a handful of companies, and could spell the end of diversity and prosperity for everyone else.


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