So Long, Open Web: Mozilla Accepts Closed Source DRM and We All Lose

It's official: the last holdout for the open web has fallen. Flanked on all sides by Google, Microsoft, Opera, and (it appears) Safari's support and promotion of the EME DRM-in-HTML standard, Mozilla is giving in to pressure from Hollywood, Netflix, et al, and will be implementing its own third-party version of DRM.… » 5/15/14 5:15am 5/15/14 5:15am

How to Buy Ebooks From Anywhere and Still Read Them All in One Place

Most ebook sellers try to lock you into a particular ecosystem. If you don't mind buying from the same company every time, this isn't too bad, but you lose the ability to comparison shop, as well as making it difficult to switch apps. Fortunately, there's a way around this problem. » 3/28/14 10:20am 3/28/14 10:20am

A New Study Says You Sell More Music If You Get Rid Of Content Locks

Digital Rights Management (DRM) systems are used on things like ebook and movie files to make them more difficult to share. During the Napster era the major record labels got on board with DRMs in a big way hoping that they could reduce piracy by locking their music files down. But a new study shows what we've all… » 12/01/13 5:51pm 12/01/13 5:51pm

Why DRM in Cars Is Going to Drive Everyone Mad

Forget extra cup holders or power windows: the new Renault Zoe comes with a "feature" that absolutely nobody wants. Instead of selling consumers a complete car that they can use, repair, and upgrade as they see fit, Renault has opted to lock purchasers into a rental contract with a battery manufacturer and enforce… » 11/14/13 7:00am 11/14/13 7:00am

Travelers Beware: Google Play Might Delete All Your Books (Updated)

It's easy to forget that owning something digitally is way different from owning it for real. And if you do forget, it can bite you in the ass. That's what happened to Jim O'Donnell when he traveled into Singapore and found that Google Play Books app on his iPad had up and deleted all his ebooks. » 8/17/13 3:00pm 8/17/13 3:00pm

The DRM on This Chair Makes It Melt Down After Eight Uses

Nobody likes DRM. Well, The Man likes DRM, but none of us little people. It just hamstrings use for honest folk and makes things infinitesimally more difficult for pirates. It's the kind of thing that only "makes sense" for digital goods, hence the name. But the folks over at ECAL decided to show off how wacky it is… » 3/02/13 6:00pm 3/02/13 6:00pm

Amazon Deletes Woman's Account and Kindle Data, Refuses to Explain Why…

Amazon's terms of service grants it basically god-like authority over its domain, but we all buy in because we believe that the company will be benevolent with its power. That's not always the case. Here's the story of a user whose account was deleted and her Kindle wiped with no explanation whatsoever. » 10/22/12 1:56pm 10/22/12 1:56pm

New Patent Could Saddle 3D Printers With DRM

One of the greatest benefits of 3D printing technology - the ability to make replacements or parts for household objects like toys, utensils and gadgets - may be denied to US citizens thanks to the granting of a sweeping patent that prevents the printing of unauthorised 3D designs. It has all the makings of the… » 10/18/12 4:52am 10/18/12 4:52am

Seven Ways to Stop Piracy Without DRM

Piracy's a fact of life. As a defence against having their intellectual properties swiped, cracked and traded online like so many baseball cards, a lot of companies have turned to Digital Right Management; a move that seldom does more than temporarily slow pirates and enrage paying customers. Fortunately, there's a… » 2/02/12 2:00pm 2/02/12 2:00pm