October 23, 2012
Digital rights management (DRM) is a business model (read: scheme) companies use to try and retain ownership of media even after they sell it. Today’s Boing Boing story about Amazon.com wiping numerous ebooks from a loyal UK customer’s Kindle, closing her account and refusing to explain why shows how DRM fuels rising doubts about ownership. These issues may simply be annoying when it comes to music or books, for example, but ownership challenges can be no laughing matter: Google “foreclosure nightmare” for bigger examples.
And (you heard it here first), there is also Digital Freedom Management (DFM). AP reported today that a man was stranded for five days after being placed on the FBI’s no-fly list while enroute between California and Japan. He was given no explanation, then removed from the list with no explanation. “It’s scary to know that something like this can happen in a free country. You’re not accused of any crime. You haven’t been contacted by anyone. No investigation has been done. No due process has taken place,” he said. Click here to read how social mood fuels these “management” trends.
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